Summer has officially started at our house. Addie had her last day of school on Wednesday and she made sure we all knew that it was the last day of school, because the minute she stepped off the bus she told Casey that they were going to go to Steak and Shake to have milkshakes to celebrate her graduation from second grade and her advancement into third grade.
Usually the start of summer means that my lawn is about to take a beating from various water related activities that go hand-in-hand with summer. Sure enough, as soon as Addie finished her last day of school, she pulled out the slip-n-slide and created a nice 15 foot wedge down the middle of my lawn.
As much as it frustrates me that my lawn gets hammered from all the summer activities, that’s what summer should be about. I’ve even taken a few turns down the slip-n-slide, and it doesn’t matter if I’m wearing a swimsuit or my everyday lounging clothes.
Another one of our summer rituals is Addie’s first sunburn. I used to strategically plan my first sunburn when I was a kid. I would make sure I got nice and toasty on the neck, arms, face, and shoulders on one of the first days home from school. The sunburn needed to be bad enough that it would peel two days later. If I did it right I wouldn’t burn for the rest of the year and that way I wouldn’t have to worry about sunscreen.
Times have changed now that research on skin cancer has advanced so much. Casey has never been accused of not using enough sunscreen with the kids, and Addie got lathered up before she took off for her first full summer day. Despite the sunscreen applications, several hours later Addie came back the same color as a lobster.
First lesson of summer 2013 has been learned—use more sunscreen and then some more.
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