The school doors open this week, releasing students for a summer of fun.
And parents are scratching their heads, wondering how they are going to keep their little angels busy, productive and out of trouble.
When my son, Drew, began school, we started a tradition of Mom and son outings to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer. On the first day of summer vacation, we'd go to the lake, to a zoo, to the golf course.
Of course, now that he's got only one year of school left, the idea of a day of Mom-son bonding doesn't sound nearly as exciting as it did when he was six. And finding ideas for our day of celebration gets tougher all the time.
The rest of the summer? No problem. He's got it packed with trips and fun. As much as I dread it, part of those months will include visits to colleges and planning for life post-high school.
Along with our summer kickoff, I always have a bucket list of things I want our family to do before the season changes to fall. If I'm lucky, I make it through half the list before I run out of time, and summer.
-A bonfire, with gooey marshmallows and chocolate -a must.
-A lazy canoe ride down the local rivers.
- A family vacation.
- More than just a handful of rounds of golf.
- This year we're adding in college visits and senior pictures.
-Enjoying the tastes of summer - sweet corn, fresh-picked strawberries, peas eaten fresh off the vine, watermelon, home-made ice cream, fresh-brewed ice tea, with perspiration beading the glass.
- A trip to the drive-in.
- A trip to the state fair.
Oh, my list goes on and on. And, as Memorial Day comes, I'm always optimistic I'll work my way through my summer list.
Check back with me in September and see how I did.