Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well. –George R.R. Martin
I think the older I am, the more I have this love-hate relationship with summer. I adore all the things summer represents: the beach, pool nights, fresh tomatoes and strawberries, ice cream on the porch, no school, no schedules, chlorine filled hair for days, barefoot, fresh flowers, vacations, salt water, sand, fireworks, peaches, and staying up late! However, I tend to detest the mosquitos, the bugs in general, the lack of a proper schedule, applying suntan lotion, and the unbearable heat! Being home with two energetic girls, and attempting to keep them entertained during the summer heat can be a bit of a challenge! My oldest mimics the behavior of a diva at times (shocking I know)! She prefers the AC and snacks, way more than being outside!
However, the most delightful way to end the summer is to go to the beach! Since Labor Day is the official conclusion of summer, we thought this would be the perfect time to head down south to my parents’ house! I grew up on the gulf coast, and really just took the stunning beach views for granted. I didn’t realize as a child, that everyone wasn’t as fortunate as me to have golden sand and gorgeous blue green water around them. I just assumed that the beach was a part of everyone’s childhood memories.
I feel as though I took all of those beach sunsets and crashing waves for granted, even more so as I am not around it anymore. As we took the girls this past weekend, I was truly able to enjoy every moment. It reminded me of the simplicity of my childhood and summer. I get to relive a part of my childhood at the beach with my girls. They absolutely love everything about it, just as I do: the sand, waves, sun, seashells, all of it!
We explored one of my favorite beaches with my parents. I was thrilled they went with us, especially since they are the ones that instilled in me the love of the beach in the first place. My dad was able to help the girls with sand castles, just like he did for me. My mom kept up with all of the seashells that the girls collected. Elsie Kate played paddleball with Brian. Juliette stayed in the water laughing at the waves the whole time. At one point Elsie Kate told me her best friend was the water!!! I took pictures and etched new beautiful scenes in my memory. I am overjoyed we get to keep this tradition alive with them.
So as the summer comes to a close, I am so pleased we said our goodbyes at one of our happy places. For now, we will house our beach chairs. Throw our sand toys back in the attic. Put away our beach bag on the top shelf. However, I can’t wait to pull out the burlap and wooden pumpkins. Move the sweaters to the front of the closet. Stock up on some pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Shop for butternut squash and sweet potatoes at the fall farmers market. Finally, do everything outside in the crisp cool weather. Bring. On. Fall. We are ready!