Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer is definitely upon us! While I thought things would slow down a little bit since we don’t have school over the summer, I was sadly mistaken. I keep telling myself, “It will slow down after next week’s events.” However, the following week has events of its own.

It makes me long for the relaxed days of my childhood summers. Us kids would spend all of our hours riding bikes, swimming at the pool, and playing badminton. These are all things I still very much enjoy doing – although I get a little more winded, a little more quickly now!

Last weekend I was able to spend some time with my sisters, nieces, and nephews. My one nephew, Nikolas, had looked forward to my arrival because he wanted to play badminton with me. In fact, that was the first thing out of his mouth when I saw him.

After dinner I finally gave in to his requests.

“We’ll just practice a little bit first.” Nikolas said.

After a few minutes of trying to get a volley going, Nikolas commented, “You’re challenging.”

Keep in mind, he did not mean this in a good way. Believe me when I say it wasn’t that my badminton skills were so great that I actually challenged him to be better. After a few more minutes, he sarcastically said, “I had heard you were really good.”

“Am I not living up to my reputation?”

“Not really.”

I couldn’t help but smile. We will never be able to re-live our childhood, but we can smile when we think of those precious memories and we can certainly laugh at our attempts to be a kid again.

Be young at heart. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy the lazy (or the not so lazy) days of summer.