I remember longing for summer as a kid. It was magical. You could feel summer coming as you sat in your classroom those final weeks of school….it was so close you could taste it. You could almost feel the sun on your skin, the water on your toes and your yummy ice cream melting down your hand. What you didn’t know was your care free summer of magic came at a cost….your parents care free summer.
I had no ideas the hours of fun, great activities and amazing vacations required hours of planning, sacrifice and more money than I knew existed at that point in my life.
Now that I have a child and a family I find summer to mostly be a very hot time of the year in which I am trying desperately to feel some of the old magic.
So I decided to make a list of things that suck about summer now that we are all adults.
5 Reasons summer sucks now that I’m a grown up:
1. The heat! When you were a kid you barely noticed….maybe it’s the damn global warming but MAN ITS SO HOT. Now I have to worry about having enough liquid so no one drops from dehydration. Plus my sweaty thighs rubbing together just makes me depressed. Also heat stroke is real people.
2. Swimsuits. I don’t know if I really need to elaborate here but I will. I remember going bikini shopping with my mum and my whole mission was to find the cutest smallest suit I could convince her to buy. Thank god I don’t have any pictures of the suit I am currently remembering I think it could be considered child porn. Now my mission is to find a suit that doesn’t make me look like a sausage jammed into its casing and also one that stays put while I run, play and splash with my kid. If I look cute-ish that’s a bonus.
3. Activities. I have a toddler. That means that most of the time anything we attempt to do that is fun usually ends in frustration and tears. But the thing is you can’t sit in your house all summer so even though you know the answer to this equation by heart (toddler+fun outing=misery) you keep planning them and keep attempting them.
4. Food. Sadly I can’t live off of Oreos, Popsicles, lemonade and various grilled meats anymore. But cooking in the summer just isn’t fun. Maybe it’s just me but I lack serious creativity in the kitchen come June. And I love to cook. Enjoy your sandwiches family.
5. The family vacation. You either can afford to do one or you can’t. And when you can you spend days driving somewhere imagining all the fun you think you will have only to be stressed, tired and exhausted just like at home. Only difference is the ocean view you can see behind you screaming child. Oh and the food they refuse to eat costs WAY more.
Okay okay maybe it’s not that bad. I mean I only came up with five reasons after all. And there are plenty of things I love about summer now. Watching my son play in the sprinkler, teaching him how to eat Popsicles, spending the day on the beach, taking day trips somewhere fun, cooking out with neighbors, evening walks at the park.
I guess part of being a grown up in summer means making sure you keep that magical feeling alive for your children.