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The Search is Over: Sweet Summer Memories are Closer Than You Think!




I have some special childhood Summer memories that seem to stick out in my mind.  I can remember boating with my Dad. I can remember riding along in a car and singing Eddie Rabbit's "I Love a Rainy Night" with my Dad and sister. I can remember riding in the very back of our red station wagon (with no seat belts) in the Rocky Mountains and stopping to play in a creek. If I close my eyes I can still see the sights and hear sounds of the Indianapolis 500 parade. The pace car was a black and gray corvette…with T-Tops!!   I am sure you can relate to some of these. Our brains are amazing things and what we remember has a great deal to do with our emotions. Think about it…..If I asked you to recall a time when you were sad, happy, mad, disappointed, excited, nervous.....you can do it with no problem. I know I can.

Now, my goal right now is not to go into great detail about how you store memories and tips on remembering. My goal is to get you to stop and think about creating Summer memories with your children that have a lasting impact. Life is unpredictable and tough at times. Sometimes as a parent I have blown it. What started out as a grand plan ended up with an argument over minor details and ended with a slam of a teenager's bedroom door!! Not exactly the "Summer Family time" I dreamed it would be.  Definitely not the memory I was hoping for. But then again, life is unpredictable  and many things are out of our control.

Let me go back to my childhood Summer memories, in particular the one when I was riding in the car singing "I Love a Rainy" night. Part of the chorus is ……." the windshield wipers slapping at a tempo, keeping perfect rhythm with the song on the radio"…..We sang. All of us. I will never forget that moment. A moment that was not planned, it was rather unexpected. Spontaneous. You cannot control what is on the radio and you certainly cannot control the rain. It was fun and that moment I was just happy to be…there. In that moment. A sweet summer memory.

As the summer draws to an end, don't panic about not taking that trip to Disneyland. Live in the moment. Live unplanned. Live spontaneously. Live fully and love your family. It is way better than Disneyland!

 


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