For those of you with school age children – what are your summers like? Are they a time to explore new interests, further develop skills and pad college applications? Are your children busy with summer jobs or camps? Maybe they’re already tackling their summer reading lists to get a jump on things for fall. All good things I suppose.
Around my house, though, things don’t look quite like that. My oldest son has been busy re-watching episodes of Murder She Wrote and mastering the art of making omelets. He also has a part-time unpaid internship set to begin in another week or so and I know he is looking forward to that experience. Liam also learned recently how to pay by phone for Chinese food when I forgot to bring my wallet when I picked up the Chinese food, which meant he needed to call in my credit card information. I think that’s an important life lesson, don’t you?
The middle guy has been occupied with playing lacrosse and watching the World Cup. He’s been working on his game, both on and off the field, and I had a weird sense of pride when I saw his photo in a recent Seen gallery shot at Wolff’s Biergarten. He was rocking his red, white and blue and appeared completely comfortable taking in the match while surrounded by beer-fueled adults. I believe he finally may now understand that spending a little time each day doing homework eliminates the need to spend 10 more months taking Spanish 2 because you failed the class with a 62.5. My walk last night with Jeter also taught him that I may just unexpectedly come around the corner when he is out hanging with his friends in the neighborhood – a good lesson for him to absorb, don’t you think?
As for my youngest, well, this week he mastered making his own pbj and has been taking even bigger steps towards independence. Last weekend, for instance, he attended an afternoon birthday party a couple of blocks away and walked home solo. Sort of. The birthday girl’s mom texted when he was leaving and there may have been an older cousin who walked him partially home. The bottom line is he felt a sense of accomplishment and independence. That is the kind of summer enrichment I’m looking for.
Summer, for me, is a time to catch up on things – some tasks around the house, a few books I’ve been meaning to get to and visiting friends I don’t often get to spend time with during the school year. How about you?