I’ve always found it challenging to fully live up to my vision for summer with her. You know, you have all these big plans for adventures, creativity and learning and then the days pass. Well, this summer I am on it.
She is in an acting, dance and singing camp half day so I know she’s getting fun, creativity and connection there. Three days ago, I started a commitment to reading with her more over the summer, plunging back into Moby Dick. Today, I started a plan to stop by the library after camp each day and read two books. We ended up staying there three hours, taking advantage too of their silk screening project for kids. There, she mustered courage to ask three other kids for a crayon. It’s a big deal for her, and I took advantage of the moment to affirm the importance of courage in life.
In the evening, she had her final day of hip hop. She was tired but I nudged her to go, and she was glad. The night held an extra serving of fun and connection with some friends in the pool. She went to bed exhausted and happy, and I topped it off with setting her intentions for tomorrow… safe, fun, loving and being loved, and learning. It was a perfect summer day. Now just to do it over and over. But I am up for it. This needs to be a summer to remember. No regrets! Childhood passes too quickly, and I treasure every day with her.