If I had my ‘druthers (I’ve always wanted to use that word in a blog post) I would spend my entire summer indoors reading trashy, urban supernatural thrillers with scantily clad people on the cover, eating ice cream, and only emerging from my air conditioned cocoon to go to the grocery store and church.
However, I have three children, whom I love dearly, and for them summer means to Play! All! The! Time! preferably outdoors in some humid venue that costs more than a year of state college tuition.
Obviously some sort of compromise needed to be reached. So I borrowed an idea from my sister and created The Summer Fun List of 2011.
(My sister’s list is much prettier with even handwriting and cute alternating marker colors. She has evidently inherited the “crafty” gene that is sadly lacking from my own DNA. Still I get an A for effort.)
You will notice that most of these items involve ice cream (visiting Sonic, Mrs. Curls and making popsicles) and air conditioning (the State Museum, the downtown Library, the last Harry Potter movie, and the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Arts). So it feels like a win for me, but I swear the children came up with most of these ideas themselves. With some subtle, parental nudging.
Please take note that I am agreeing to go the Indiana State Fair, which is always held during the hottest and most humid weeks in August. While the State Fair is always fun and delicious (green fried tomatoes and pork tenderloins!), it is hot and expensive enough to grant me mommy-martyr status; thus, insuring my ability to guilt my children with all my parental sacrifices so they will visit me in my nursing home and bring me trashy books about zombies and werewolves in my old age.
See how I can plan ahead?
So what would you do this summer, if you had your ‘druthers’? And what will you actually be doing instead? I want to know.