Its finally June! I'm so excited about that for a couple of reasons; one it means that we are more than halfway through my son's deployment to Iraq! And two it means that my favorite season is here. I love summer. I mean LOVE summer. I love the heat and the long days when I'm outside until 9:30 at night and barely notice. I mean there is very little about summer I don't absolutely thrive on it.
It took us 20 years to complete, but we finally have a beautiful deck that wraps around the entire house and out to the pool (we did a section every year when we could afford it). Eating dinner outside, entertaining neighbors or just reading the paper and drinking coffee are all summer time treats that I miss so much during the long winter months.
One of my most special memories took place the August my middle son left for bootcamp. My husband and I were sitting on the deck talking with our soon to leave son, and our oldest son and then our youngest son all joined us. For one magic hour we were all on the deck together talking and laughing and sharing memories, just the five of us. I took a great photo of the three boys that I cherish but the memory is locked in my mind forever. It was a special time before our entire world changed forever.
I remember at the end of summer last year when we closed the pool, my Marine son looking at me and said, "do you know that I won't even see the pool open next year". He's right; it opened in May and will be closed in September two months before he'll get home. That seems so incredible to me since our deck and pool are such a huge part of our family's life. I'm quite sure that with the temperatures hovering around 115 right now in Iraq, he would give almost anything for a dip in our pool or any pool.
Anyway, all that aside, its summer and the living is easy. I intend to savor everything from the watermelon sherbert with chocolate sprinkles (my hands down all time favorite ice cream treat), to my favorite flipflops and line dried laundry. Enjoy the summer; enjoy your family and friends and give yourself permission to take it easy. There's no reason to rush; we can do all that come fall.