Circa 1991 there was this little ditty that apparently won a Grammy and claimed that summer is a time to “sit back and unwind.” I thank Will Smith for declaring this about summer, but I am also thoroughly annoyed that he has given me quite a challenge as a mom. It’s quite laughable to think of sitting back and unwinding on a typical summer day. With the kids home it feels as though there’s much more to do, and there’s definitely much more mess to clean, more laundry, more meal planning, and dare I say more stress. I don’t want to give summer a bad rap, and I guess that song wasn’t intended to soar in popularity with us moms anyway.
That earworm of a ditty was running through my head as I was rushing to shuffle kids to and from summer camp, because “school is out and it’s sort of a buzz.” My two big kids needed something to do besides hanging with the busy toddler and I all day as there are only so many field trips that this mom can plan, only so much screen time that this mom will allow, only so much sibling rivalry this mom can take, and only so many trips to the pool that this mom can survive. A toddler and that much concrete are just not a good combination, and just packing and readying the brood for the pool is like an Olympic sport.
Darn that Fresh Prince and his “new definition of summer madness.” One thing is for certain - our summer has been full of what some may deem literal madness. We’re not even a month into what is supposed to be a season full of “an air of love and happiness,” and it’s just a whole lotta busy. I need a vacation from summer. Oh, wait, we just took a “vacation”; well, it was truly magical and full of memories with the Mouse, but it was also just so much work to plan and execute. I’m spent. Summer, you win.
I wish our grill was functioning so the smell of it could “spark up nostalgia,” but my summer squash and zucchini were sent to a sad stir-fry tonight. They were fresh though, and I think Big Willie failed to mention how tasty fresh veggies are in the season he rapped about. It’s a bummer, summer, that we can’t grill out with you this year. I’m just not feeling it, but I am vowing to try putting my “car on cruise” so I can “lay back cause this is summertime.”
Actually, that car will be my friend’s Honda Pilot as my fellow moms and I all need a “break the monotony.” We are taking a day to put our toes in the sand with drinks in our hands while we let others make our meals as we celebrate one mama’s milestone birthday. The beach air will certainly waft some happiness my way as we soak up our natural pedicures. This one day away has taken over three months for us moms to plan. It’s sure to be fun filled though, because I’ll be surrounded by others that feel just as beaten down busy as I do, and well, it’s summer, summer, summertime...