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End of Summer…

by fivesimplethings on August 13th, 2010

Where did it go?  I remember sitting at my desk what seems like yesterday celebrating the start of summer.  Poof. Thanks very much. It’s over.

I feel like we should all do the famous “What I did on summer vacation” essay.  Rather than thinking about the places we visited or the theme park rides we avoided, my sense is that it’s good to ask a basic question, “Did I use this wonderful existence of some free time in my children’s lives in a meaningful way?” Did I take an extra afternoon off of work to be able to throw a football with my son?  Did I take my daughters on extra dates because they didn’t have to be in class?

Every one I meet that has children older than I do uses the cliché that “You blink, and your children are grown”.  This summer, I blinked.  Now, summer is over.

For those of you who have children going back to school, can you do something this weekend to cement summer in their minds?  Relive the best parts of the last few months.  Talk about the time you spent together and how much it meant to you.

For those of you who still have a few weeks left, take advantage of this time.  Before you blink, it will be over.

What was your favorite memory of summer?

Let me know in the comments section or on twitter with the hashtag #fivesimplethings.

-John Tolsma

From Do, Simplify, Thank

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