As the magical summer comes to an end.....

Close your eyes,

 

take a deep breath

 

and enjoy the warmth of the sun

 

pouring over your

 

winter weary body.

 

This summer will be magical.

 

You can feel it in your

 

freshly pedicured toes

 

and your new bathing suit

 

that doesn’t look too horrible

 

or make you look like a mom.

 

You only had to try on 600 suits

 

but it was worth it.

 

At least when you have to yell at the kids

 

600 times to walk

 

instead of run around the public pool

 

you will look good.

 

Not as good as the junior lifeguards

 

but middle aged good.

 

This summer

 

your hair will look sun kissed

 

and wind swept

 

and you will smell like coconuts.

 

You will chase fireflies with the kids

 

and sip on fruity alcohol infused

 

beverages with friends.

 

You will try new grilling

 

and salad recipes from Pinterest

 

and not eat hot dogs at every meal.

 

This summer will be different.

 

This will be the summer

 

that you will teach your kids

 

to ride bikes,

 

tie shoes

 

and keep them busy

 

with crafts

 

and fun worksheets

 

so they don’t lose any skills over the summer.

 

You will not hear the words, “I’m bored” once!

 

You will send the oldest child to an overpriced camp.

 

He will come home with gleeful stories

 

of tug of war and archery.

 

You will blog about your summer

 

on the family blog you started a year ago

 

but never had anything to write about.

 

Your younger children have a lemonade stand,

 

sell organic lemonade you say,

 

it is healthier.

 

You encourage your children to donate

 

the proceeds to an orphanage in Kenya.

 

This will be a great story for your blog.

 

Instead, the children spend the profits

 

on a trip to the Dollar Store.

 

They purchase chalk and bubbles.

 

You already own enough sidewalk chalk and bubbles

 

for every child in Kenya.

 

You get a call from the camp,

 

your child is homesick

 

and has impetigo.

 

Your other children have taken

 

charity to a new level

 

by giving every child within a 10 block radius

 

a popsicle from your freezer

 

everyday.

 

You start buying store brand popsicles

 

that are not organic

 

or dye free.

 

Your evenings are spent

 

begging the kids to come inside,

 

swatting at mosquitoes

 

and keeping your hair tied in a ponytail

 

because it looks like a loofah

 

thanks to the humidity.

 

Your Pinterest Potato salad

 

gave everyone food poisoning

 

at Aunt Amy’s 4th of July family reunion.

 

You spent 32 bucks on a pet rock kit,

 

no one wants to make a pet rock with you.

 

You lie to the kids,

 

you tell them that

 

if the ice cream truck is playing music,

 

that means it is out of ice cream.

 

They may hate you for this fib one day

 

or they will use it with their own kids.

 

You have a sunburn from planting flowers

 

because you wanted pictures

 

for your blog

 

about your magical summer

 

and because your perfect neighbor

 

has a perfectly manicured lawn

 

and lush floral designs.

 

You bet her family doesn’t lie

 

when they fill out the forms

 

for the summer reading program

 

 at the local library.

 

This is not a magical summer.

 

But soon hope will return!

 

You will get the school supply list,

 

you will drive to 6 different stores

 

looking for Ticonderoga pencils,

 

24 glue sticks

 

and a laptop

 

for Kindergarten.

 

You will be at the hair salon

 

with the line of giddy moms

 

and sad children

 

getting back to school haircuts.

 

You will buy new pants

 

and shoes

 

that will be outgrown

 

by November.

 

You would like the children to reuse

 

their backpacks

 

and lunch boxes

 

but they won’t go for that.

 

You will buy them new ones.

 

Back to school shopping adds up

 

but it is the price of promise.

 

The promise of a magical

 

(and quiet) Fall.

 

 

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