Editor’s Note: My column has been moved to Friday in the print edition, but for the purposes of consistency, I’m going to keep posting them on Sundays.
This is the second of a two-part series devoted to bringing out your inner child this summer. Why? Because summer deserves more than one column. Here’s last week’s column.
It looks like everyone reads my column, including Mr. Weather himself. The weather last weekend couldn’t have been more beautiful if I had designed it myself; I would have, except I found myself down for the count due to a common (yet nasty) cold. The sun was beaming. The sky was particularly pretty shade of blue. And the world opened up just for you. You don’t need to worry about getting the shopping done or folding every last piece of laundry (read: Mom). Trust me, it’ll still be there when the first leaves of fall hit the ground. But this lovely weather? That’s not such a sure thing, so why not grab it while you can? I hope you followed my suggestions from last week (because, frankly, they were great). If you didn’t, here are a few more cool ideas to bask in the summer heat.
Spend a soothing evening under the stars
This will give you a private viewing, front-row-seat to the magic that is summer. The sights and sounds of summer come in loud and crystal-clear at night. The glowing flicker of a lightning bug. The chirping of a cricket (for some reason, they are less annoying when in their natural element). Especially in the Midwest, the sky – and the entire universe – seems so expansive as if it could stretch on forever. It’s also a great place for thinking or just merely daydreaming (or, in this case, night-dreaming). Feel free to roast marshmallows or pop some popcorn to enhance the magical experience.
Splish-splash in the cool pool
Ask my mother about this one and she’ll wax poetic for hours on the soothing power of the pool. While she prefers the comforts of an indoor pool, I could swim for hours in a pool of the outdoor variety. It’s the best of both worlds, probably one of the only places left that lets you feel the heat of the sun with the palpable coolness of the water.
Walk it out for refreshing relief
For the last few summers, my mother, sister and I have taken to the pavement on a breezy day. Our destination? Road Ranger, which is well within walking distance of our house. We’ve even made it somewhat of a summer tradition: picking out a sweet soda pop (might I recommend the red sugary fruit punch, whose name is no misnomer) and then stopping on a park bench on the way home to chat and sip. I guarantee that you’ll be hooked after one time – to the walk, not the fruit punch.
So that’s my challenge to you. Go ahead and be a kid again. When is it time for a better excuse than now? Plus, it will give you a chance to spend time with your loved ones. I’m sure they’ll all appreciate it, too. In fact, my mother came home just the other day and suggested we buy a big, colorful kite and try our hand with it in the field close to our house. So if you see a stray kit flying aimlessly around town, you’ll know it’s a sign from me.