A Perfect Summer Day

a perfect summer day

My girl’s idea of a perfect summer day

Starts in the dark, before dawn

waking up in a narrow dorm bed under well-worn covers

stumbling across the tiny room to quiet a blaring alarm

and gulping down a quick bowl of cold cereal with  milk.

My girl’s idea of a perfect summer day

doesn’t involve a plan for cruising the air conditioned shopping mall

tanning by the pool in a teeny tiny bikini

or a mani-pedi with girlfriends, chatting about the latest celebrity gossip

My girl would rather pull on her red and black speed suit

knee high magenta and orange wool socks

slather her freckled face with sunscreen, hair in a messy braid

throw her pack on her back and grab her Volkls

My girl’s idea of a perfect summer day

isn’t like mine was, playing jacks on the cold linoleum kitchen floor

reading Nancy Drew in the soft grass

or dominating the world at RISK

She’s climbing high above the clouds

looking out from the edge of her world

hoping for sixty seconds of air time as she zigzags down the snowfield

wind brushing her face, bright blue eyes shining behind pink goggles

golden brown braid blowing in the wind

My girl’s idea of a perfect summer day

fills both our hearts with happiness

and gratitude

What does your perfect summer day look like?

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe at jenniferwolfe.net.

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    1. Oh thank you, my dear. There’s really nothing better to me than seeing my girl so very happy with what she’s doing. Makes being away from her just a tiny bit easier, and makes the anticipation of what’s to come in her life fill me up with excitement!

  1. This was lovely. The words so poetic. How nice for your daughter to be able to see this too, and know that mom SEES her as and celebrates her for who she is. Great photos too!

    1. Michael Ann, thank you. I’m so happy that he has found a place she loves, and grateful that she can shake off the stressors of life and school in such a healthy way! Have to give credit to her friend for the photos-he did a great job! Thanks for your comment-it means a lot! -Jennifer

    1. Thank you, Sara. As hard as it is watching her grow up and away from me, it’s painfully lovely to watch her discover herself and find her own joys in life. The definite BEST part of parenting! Thanks for commenting today! -Jennifer

    1. Oh dear…those darn boots are such a drag, aren’t they? I hope once you were going you had fun-it’s such a great family sport! Of course, there is NO WAY I can keep up with my kids – they are far out of my league now! Thanks so much for commenting today! – Jennifer

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