Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The Joys of Summer


My friend Grace just posted about summer reading which made me think back to past summers when my girls were younger. Immediately what comes to mind is the year that Kali was in middle school (11 or 12?) and Lily and Bambi were 5 & 6. I got together with two of my friends and, determined that we would not lose our sanity by the time school started again, we sat down and made plans for the three of us and the 8 children between us at the time. We decided to get together three times a week - Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Monday was library and ice cream, Wednesday was pool and/or the $1 matinee, depending upon the weather, and then there was Field Trip Friday where we did something a bit more exciting. We adults had someone to groan with during those awful kiddie movies (who can forget the horror of the Cabbage Patch Kids feature-length film?), we sat around the pool and sipped a glass of wine while the kids tortured each other (we were watching them, I promise!), we talked and laughed and generally had a wonderful time. There were late night runs to Barnes & Noble to claim the newest Dar Williams album, afternoon picnics at the park fueled by popsicles and spinach dip, children's music concerts at the preschool where Susan worked..oh, so many simple ways to have fun. Kali says that that it was her best summer ever, and Susan's son recently shared with me the same thing. He says that our three families were so intertwined in his childhood memories, he cannot separate us from them. What a lovely testament to an amazing summer. We never re-enacted the experience but it was indeed a magical time full of bonding and friendship and fun..the summer even ended with one of us giving birth, a memory that certainly will never be forgotten.

7 comments:

Aisling said...

Rapunzel, I love that story. What a lovely way to spend a summer. What a lovely way to build memories as a family!

Grace said...

What a sweet memory of a wonderful summer.

Rapunzel said...

Thank you, Aisling & Grace! It truly was a wonderful summer, one I'd gladly go back & relive.

Mother of Invention said...

This is such a delightful memory for both the adults and all the kids! Are the kids all still friends or keep in touch? Spinach dip and popsicles? Dip was for adults I assume!

Susan said...

Such a memory flood - sometimes it feels forever ago... and other times it seems just yesterday. Can't believe our kiddos are practically grown-up now (mine 25, 22, 18) - it was a glorious summer indeed... and I vividly recall being tan, relaxed and in-the-moment. "Something's lost and something's gained", Joni would say - sigh...

Rapunzel said...

Susan, thank you so much for your kind words and shared memories!It was indeed an enchanted time, and I look forward to sharing more, albeit different, moments with you! Our kids may be older but there is an undeniable connection between our families, and I am incredibly grateful for it.

Rapunzel said...

Mother of Invention, yep the spinach dip was ours, all ours! *grin*