by Meghan Fitzgerald
If you are like us, you’re sharpening your pencil on summer plans and trying to decelerate into summer mode. To wrap our heads around the season, we spent the other night building a matrix of the activities, trips, visits, babysitters, and camps that will fill our days. Suddenly, summer felt pretty darn high gear—an exercise in logistics that required multiple Google sheets. As much as we love a good Google sheet, I couldn’t be happier that, at a certain point, we knew enough to close the laptop, sip some wine and ask each other what we really want out of summer.
How could we make sure that this season was different and special for all of us? We dug back through childhood, asking, “What really made our childhood summers summer?” Memories started to flow: total freedom; slow mornings; swimming in the rain; feeling HOT; differing opinions about sand or grass stuck between our toes; loud thunderstorms; unexpected twists in plans we rarely saw other seasons; humid nights outside; campfires; the quiet of early morning fishing trips; cousins, neighbors and kids all around; and lots of ice cream.
It occurred to us that our spreadsheets contained no shortage of things to do this summer, but our memories seemed centered on things to feel. It’s these sensations and associations that defined this incredible time of year, not necessarily the activities. So, in a new tab on the spreadsheet, we made space to answer more pressing questions, What could this summer feel like for us and our kids? What experiences could we enjoy together in-between the various activities we had already planned for our team?
We brainstormed just a bit and ideas started to flow. Here are just a few that really stuck: