The Mother Who Loved Summer 1Today marks the beginning of the last week of school, and while I will miss the structured and bicker-free hours of my day, I can’t wait for summer.  Call me crazy, but I like having my kids at home.

I love letting them sleep in and crawl out of bed with morning hair that I can admire for several hours.

I love the comfort of an un-rushed breakfast where we can talk, laugh, and make up silly songs.

I miss the days when it doesn’t matter what they wear, if their jeans have holes, or if their skirt and shirt match.

I love the days when you don’t have to look for or wear shoes.  Instead it’s okay to go barefoot all day, and then wash those dirty, wiggly toes off with the outside hose.

I look forward to our four hour board games where I should win because I’m the adult, but I don’t because they have kid’s luck.

I look forward to neighborhood walks with a trail of chattering kids that would make a mother duck jealous.

I love the impromptu game of tag at the park, sitting spider on the swing, and then heading home, afterwards, for a big glass of water and a colorful popsicle.

I love watching little faces bury themselves in a slice of watermelon and come back up with a red, sticky, dripping face.  I love competing to see who can spit the seeds the farthest.

I love our trips to the pool where I watch their determined attempts to swim a little bit farther this time, the look of triumph on their face when they finally make it across the pool without stopping, and the water games they play when they’ve mastered their strokes.

I love our romps in the woods where we jump over creeks and compete for who’s stick will float the fastest or who’s rock will make the biggest splash.

I love lazy afternoons where, after a crazy morning, we lay on a couch or floor somewhere, and pour over a delicious book.

I love our summer outings to the library, the museum, and even the grocery store.  Anything can be an adventure when you have kids along.

I love the mad dash through a hail storm to get everyone safely inside, giggling as we go, and awing over mother nature’s tricks.

I love cuddling a frightened child through a thunderstorm, talking through their terror, and then watching them discover the wonder of lightning.

I love coloring through an entire coloring book, surrounded by three boxes worth of scattered crayons, half of which have been unwrapped.

I love working alongside my children, weeding the garden, mowing the lawn, picking the fruit, and putting up jam.

I love relaxing around a fire pit with warm knees and a cold back, attempting to roast marshmallows to perfection, and still eating them when they’ve burned.

I love hearing the calls and laughter of night games, when they stay up way too late, and head outside to play with their friends.

I love their solid, exhausted sleep after a long, sunny day of childhood freedom.

I love summers because I finally get my kids back, to play with, to work with, and to live with for just a little bit longer.  Before I know it they’ll be all grown up, and their summer days will be just like all the other workdays, peppered with only distant memories of childhood summers past.

26 comments on “The Mother Who Loved Summer”

  1. I agree with you on all your points. Definitely nice to have the kids home for the summer! Relaxing by the firepit and roasting marshmallows are definitely high on my favorite summer time bonding moments with my kids.

    • We’ve had that problem too. On the one hand, we could use the moisture, and I don’t have to water my plants. Oh the other, we just want to go outside. Today is sunny, and we’re made the most of it. 🙂

  2. Aaahhh YES! I love love love summer. I am right there with you. Except the part about the grocery store. I would rather go there alone, lol.

    • Oooh, my kids would be so jealous. Pools scare the crap out of me, mostly because we have neighbor kids in our yard all the time, and my toddler son thinks he’s immune to drowning. Maybe someday though.

  3. Wow! I love summer, too! I know school is out, but I am also a teacher. It leaves so much time to do all the things I want, and you have time in the DAYTIME, not after work! It just speeds by too fast for me.

  4. This is so sweet! I have two of my kids home already for the summer (their preschool ends earlier) and my 1st grader will be done next week. I am looking forward to all of this. I hope that my kids will look back on the fun and adventures with fondness. I guess that is the goal in life with kids. You want to give them a childhood that was as close to perfection as you get with life. The summer you described is just that!

    • Thanks Emily! Our summer are far from perfect, but I look back at the squabbles I had with my sister and they are the smallest part of my memories. Mostly I remember playing, working, pretending and working out sibling relationships that are still powerful today. Gives me hope when the kids are fighting over who gets to be first or whatever they argue over. 🙂

  5. I’m so ready for summer! I have checked out already. Having some serious #parentfail moments. 😉 Looking forward to spending time with my kiddos.

  6. I love this post so much! Reminds me of all the fun things I did in the summer as a kid. I can’t wait to do them with my kids now.

  7. I loved reading your post, and to be honest, it made me tear up! Why? Because, it brought back so many memories of when my kiddos were little! Today, my littlest one is 10, and if you ask him, he is NOT little, ha ha~ Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you Stephanie! Childhood is so magical, particularly once it’s gone. 🙂 I have so many fond memories of summer with my family pretending all sorts of things and having adventures. I want my kids to have all that too.

    • I crave the outdoors all winter, and I love going for adventures or sending the kids out to have some on their own. When the hubby and I purchased our last house, we went for one that had a big yard so there was more dirt to dig in, more space to play night games, and some good old fashioned work to do as well.

  8. This is so well written. I am also a mom that loved having my kids home for the summer. One thing to add to your list…I love watching a little one eating corn on the cob. To see the little bits of corn and butter stuck to their precious chin and cheeks, such happy memories. Now I look forward to doing many of those things with my grandkids.

    • How could I forget that one? It is too cute, and they have the best time shucking the corn as well. It’s like unwrapping little presents with a chance of finding a wicked cool worm inside. Thanks for sharing!

  9. My LO is only 6 months but I’m sure once my kiddos are in school I’m going to love summers too! Excited for the adventures to come.

  10. I love this!! I’m pregnant now and due in the summer and I took Friday’s off from work in July & August so I could spend some time with my two girls and just be ourselves, hang out etc…

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