Now, don’t get me wrong–I loved my childhood summers. It sounds idyllic when I talk about it, and I really think it was. I remember sleeping late and watching game shows, daily swims at the neighborhood pool, long walks around the subdivision, wearing bathing suits while riding our bikes, chasing lighting bugs and playing games outdoors in the dark, the hum of the streetlights and the songs of the cicadas. I’d love to go back and do it all again.
But that neighborhood pool shut down years ago, and we live in a neighborhood that comprises three cul-de-sacs. My kids don’t have friends their age nearby, plus they are also antisocial and frankly don’t care. It’s also about ten degrees hotter then it was during my childhood and we don’t have a shady yard like the one I grew up with.
I’m all for leaving kids unsupervised and unscheduled while I live my own life, but kids nowadays when left to their own devices are apt to fill that unscheduled time with actual devices. William likes his computer, Lorelei likes the videos on her phone, and they both like watching movies way more than they are going to like spending time outside in the blazing 90 degree heat. They do play outside, I promise–but with much more interesting things to do inside than existed back when there were four t.v. channels on a good day, they aren’t going to want to spend a whole day out there.
So this summer I am going to get up early and try to get as much done and then in the afternoons I am going to take them on some kind of adventure. Some of them will be longer than others but the goal is to do something every weekday so that we don’t all spend the day staring at screens.
School let out Wednesday and our first adventure, a tradition for the last day of school for as long as I can remember, was going out for ice cream.
Thursday I surprised them with a trip to Little Ponderosa Zoo and Rescue.
Friday we checked out the University of Tennessee Trial Gardens.
I’m not insisting they accompany me on the Saturday adventure, since that’s usually my day to do as I please, but Lorelei chose to come with me to the Farmers’ Market this morning.
I have many more mini-adventures planned, and I’ll keep y’all updated. It won’t be a 70s summer, but I think it will be a good summer.