Sum' Sum' Summertime

April 28, 2014

Well my son had his last day of school for the year at Odyssey Montessori on Friday. He thinks that he’s going to play Minecraft and other video games all summer but his grandmother already has made plans. I was pleasantly surprised back in late February when my mom asked if it would be alright if she signed him up for and drove him to a number of camps, classes, and sports. I chuckled and said, “Sure! Just tell me what the fees are and I’ll write a check.” They often hang out together in the summer to give him a break from being dragged around on frequent Julia trips… have I mentioned that driving around in the car is one of her favorite/OCD activities? Hmm probably.  Though he is old enough now to stay home alone I’d much rather he get away from the computer and television, meet some new people, get some exercise playing volleyball and soccer, and learn something in engineering for kids classes. His grandma really out did herself setting up this stuff… Thanks, mom!

Hmmm… funny how I feel better about scheduling out my boy’s summer when mine as a kid were unstructured.  I remember being pretty active playing in the woods, riding bikes all over the place, reading books under a tree (or in one ha!), swimming, etc. I don’t recall the summer heat or humidity bothering me that much, but it seems like kids now-a-days think that they’re going to melt if they leave their AC.  Plus they’re utterly bored unless they have some gadget or screen to stare at.  Maybe I’m a prematurely grumpy old man ha! *shrug* Things probably would have been different for a lot of us if all these electronics existed then and if we had hundreds of cable channels instead of the 3 or 4 broadcast ones.  Indoor, sedentary entertainment and convenient, addictive food… no wonder there’s a weight problem in this country... Kind of chuckling to myself writing this because I’m sitting in front of a screen, munching on mixed nuts, in an air conditioned house.  But to be honest I’ve already exercised for an hour this morning and I try to do so every day.  It’s a great stress reliever and without it I’d probably have lost my mind years ago dealing with my daughter’s issues.  I’ve tried to get my kids into the habit of exercising but they seem to think it’s a chore instead of fun. Maybe this summer my mom will succeed where I have failed with my son… she seems to have done all right by me. 

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