I had a mind once. Now I have small children.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Aaah, those lazy days of summer....wait, what?

I don't really know where the term "lazy days of summer" began, but I am thinking that whoever came up with it must have been oblivious to his/her surroundings. First of all, they obviously didn't have kids. And apparently, they also didn't go anywhere or do anything fun. Because, I have been on this earth for more than 30 years now, and I am pretty sure I have never experienced a "lazy" summer.

First let's start with the kids. For some crazy reason, my kids can't decipher between a day we need to wake up early and a day we can sleep in late. And so in their minds, every day is a wake up early day. Six a.m. to be exact. And from the moment my little Goombas wake up, there is nothing lazy about their day. They are either eating, chasing each other, fighting over toys, making a mess, running like mad to the potty, slipping and sliding on the slip n' slide, or one of many other activities. They also don't like to stay home and laze around every day. So, there are zoos, parks, pools, rec centers and trails to visit. Not to mention, we have to remember to throw in the occasional grocery shopping trip so that we don't run out of food. As you can see, with my kids, there is just nothing lazy about summer.

Summer is also BBQ season. Mmmmm, who doesn't love a good BBQ? Beer-soaked brats and beer. My two very favorite things about the three months when school is out. Between family and friend get-togethers, we are always busy going somewhere. And my pantry is always stocked for to whip up a quick pasta salad for any festivity.

The warm months also bring fairs and festivals. Who doesn't love a good festival? Funnel cakes, corn dogs, ice cream cones and rides that make all that goodness swirl around in your tummy. Did you know that there is a festival almost every single weekend of the summer? And that each one of those festivals celebrates different and exciting things? There are festivals to celebrate peaches, strawberries, Renaissance, music, food, the 4th of July, airplanes, people and more. You name it, there is probably a festival for it. I would say that is a LOT of stuff to do.

Then there are the sports. A lot of my friends play softball, which is awesome. **Quick disclaimer here: While I truly feel that it is awesome that they play softball, I choose not to. I loathe any kind of exercise that prevents me from having a beer in one hand at all times.** This tends to keep them pretty busy, what with all the practices and games. If you prefer not to play (like me) there are baseball games galore. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer afternoon than at a baseball park, watching a good old American sport with a cold one. Really. It doesn't get much better.

So, really. Who was this delusional weirdo that decided summer was a time to be lazy? It most certainly is not. Summer is a time of fun and excitement for all! Now if you will excuse me, I need to go lie in the sun on my patio with a cold one.



  1. No exercise without beer? What a about cheerleading...oh wait - we did do that... :)

  2. That is why you need a hat that holds your beer and has the tubes to suck from!!