Ahhh, the long days of summer
drifting off behind us now
giving way to the start of something new
the arrival of fall and the beginning of the school year
but the need to savor the flavor of summer one last time
going and getting ice cream together as a family!
Putting the dot on the exclamation point
of a very busy but full-of-fun summer
moments to treasure full of joys to remember!
WE did it! We celebrated the joy of summer one last time before jumping full force into fall! We decided to head out tonight as a family, and enjoy the taste of ice cream! Experiencing this family tradition made me realize how things have changed...and so, I reflected on the differences after our outing.
Kam-ordered for himself-he decided on a "cherry" milkshake. He just stepped right up and let his order be known-definitely a more confident little boy.
Nattie-fed herself-from her cup of vanilla ice cream-no she did not order for herself-but she did climb into a seat-no longer needing to be boosted up, no more "high chair" for her-definitely a more confident toddler.
Me-this summer has made me more reflective-constantly thinking about what a writer might notice-a conversation here, a car peeling out, the whirrrrrrr of the blizzard making machine, the cashier checking with a co-worker on how to adjust the pricing. I pay constant attention to the details. I try harder to capture them in my notebook, journal or little note pad now.
Kevin-tried to resist eating the whole thing-his plan "went down in flames" as he mentioned after eating the whole blizzard-strawberry chocolate lovers...who could resist?
Anyway, in a nutshell, it's been a fabulous summer for me-even the ornery escapades of my toddler-to learn as much as I did and to take it all into practice this fall! As we dot the exclamation point and head into something new, I am really looking forward to the learning that waits ahead of me...