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Goodbye, Sweet Summer

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Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I can't believe the end of August is here. I had such grand plans for the summer. I was going to get a loft bed for my son, so I could put a desk in his room. I was going to paint the bed currently in his room and move it into my daughter's room. I was going to research middle-school options for my other daughter. I was going to try to get my parents to have a caregiver come more often. Instead of just seeing them on the weekends, I was going to go over during the week, too. I was going to exercise and lose ten pounds. I was going to write -- really write: I'd start that novel, or at least knock off a few short stories. Why, if I just wrote five or 10 pages a day, it would be done in no time!

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I'd like to say I did all of those things, but I didn't. What I did do was take an amazing roadtrip with my kids, enjoying them and the fantastic West. I saw a lot of nature this summer: the red cliffs of Zion; the majesty of the Grand Tetons; the blue, blue water of Crater Lake; the unbelievable, unending Grand Canyon; the crashing waves of the Pacific; the hot, still California desert. I watched my kids grow this summer, too: my super-capable almost-kindergartner; my ready-to-be-independent preteen; my sweet, quirky one-in-the-middle who holds them together. I read a lot this summer, too, stealing an hour in the middle of the day or staying up way too late at night, yawning but not wanting to put down a book so funny/sad/true. 

This summer, I may not have accomplished all that I set out to do, but I find myself renewed, recharged and ready to face the new school year. And maybe that's what summer is supposed to be for us: a time to pause and take a breath, then another, deeper one .... 

What a good summer it turned out to be! How was yours?

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Anonymous August 25, 2010, 7:41 AM

Well, I forgot to teach my kids to cook and we didn’t finish decluttering and painting the house. I was feeling bad, but your article reminded me of the things I did do - I went camping, we played board games and watched movies, and I got talk with my kids who are getting older and more interesting every day.

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 8:35 AM

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