Imagine your back in the 5th grade and the school year has just started. Your Mrs. Normile asks everyone to take out a piece of paper and have pencils in hand, then gives you your first assignment – a two-page essay on “What I Did This Summer”. You let out a deep groan along with everyone else in the classroom, except for that girl with the blonde, braided, ponytails, who has already annoyed you with her bubbly, in-your-face, personality.
Another deep sigh, letting the reality that summer is over and you write your title. Okay. Now what? What’s the most memorable event of the summer that flashes through your mind? Maybe that family vacation trip to New Mexico? Or was it waiting in the emergency room, waiting for someone to put your arm back in place after that bad spill on the skateboard? Perhaps it was just hanging out with friends or family.
When I started asking myself the same question, I thought “Crap, I didn’t do anything this summer”. But that’s not true at all. My summer started out with a long road trip to Virginia to see old family, friends, and to meet my granddaughter for the first time. It was great catching up with everyone – some I hadn’t seen in over ten years.
A couple more road trips followed including two or three to Arkansas, a couple of trips to Tennessee and one to the beach. My ten year old hadn’t been to the beach since we moved from Hawaii when he was still in diapers, so it was exciting to see his reaction to the whole ocean scene.
Then there was my own road trip to Arkansas, to get away from the house and have some alone time. I was able to catch up with an old friend and do some major shopping.
The big family trip I had planned fell through after my daughter’s schedule got in the way. But that was fine…great even, because it meant she was finally taking care of things. And within a month, she had finished taking all of her classes, took her GED and passed, and joined the Job Corps and was moved out of the house.
We also got a new kitten, who we still haven’t named, but call her kitty all the time. I saw a bunch of movies this summer. Oh, and I started going back to the gym.
Summer’s over for our family, since Jacob is back in school Friday. Soon, I’ll be enjoying cooler weather, sweaters, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Aaahhh. I can hardly wait. I want to know what you did this summer. How did you spend it? Where did you go? What did you do? What memory will define this summer for you?