Read that again.
You only get 18 summers with your kids.
I read that somewhere on Instagram last week and my heart sank a little. Because after this summer, I’ll only have 12 and 14 left with my littles.
And if you think about it, it’s probably even less than that because once they hit high school, they have jobs and friends and want nothing to do with their family. Heartbreaking right?
Do you remember how magical summertime was when you were a kid?
When you could stay up and sleep in late.
Go to the pool and swim until you were wrinkly.
Chase the ice cream truck down the street.
Go to all the local festivals and parades.
Camp outside in the backyard.
Ride your bike for hours.
Vacations to the beach or lake.
Hide and Go Seek and Ghost in the Graveyard.
Pretty much have the best time of your life. Because you had no responsibilities and your biggest worry was whether or not it was going to rain that day. And even then, watching TV in your pajamas wasn’t so bad.
Summer is already magical but now that I’m a parent, it’s up to me to give my kids the chance to do these things that make it so special.
Even when I don’t want to go to the pool, I’ll put on the bathing suit and throw diving rings until dark.
I’ll sit outside and let them ride their bikes up and down the street 100 times, even when the house needs cleaned.
I’ll plan baking days and let them pour in the flour, even if it ends up all over the floor.
I’ll pay $5 for an ice cream cone, even though I could buy a whole quart at the store for that much.
I’ll sweat my butt off at stinky and dirty carnivals because my kids think they’re magical.
I’ll do it all. Because I would do anything for my kids and I want them to enjoy their summers as much as I did.
And because nothing lasts forever, and I only have so many summers left with them.
So get out there, Mom. Your kids won’t remember the piles of laundry or the way you looked in a bathing suit. They’ll remember all the wonderful times they had with you and how thankful they are to have a mom that did it all with them.