About a month ago, we started having these 2-3 days stints where the weather was absolutely beautiful.
Okay, "absolutely beautiful" may be a bit of an exaggeration, but it was warm enough that I didn't have to contend with trying to wrangle my 2-year-old into her thick coat, hat, mitts, and boots, so it was absolutely beautiful to me.
Of course, every time the temperature crept above the 50-degree mark, I convinced myself summer had arrived (funny how much warmer 50 degrees feels in the Spring versus the Fall), and immediately started packing away my frumpy turtle neck sweaters and those god-awful riding boots I thought looked so cute on me back in November.
But then Winter would rear its ugly head again, and everyone within a 50-mile radius could hear me swearing as I lugged all of that Winter crap back up from our storage locker.
And then it happened.
We had 5 straight days of sunny, gorgeous weather.
So I sat down and starting writing a list of all the things I loved about summer when I was a kid, in excited anticipation of re-experiencing them with my own child, and I came to realize something: I'll never grow too old to love any of this stuff.
Except maybe the swings. I need a Dramamine to get on one of those these days.
Here are the top 50 things I loved about summer as a kid…
2. Those cheesy, dangerous fairs they had in the parking lot of our local mall
3. Trips to the park
5. Finally kicking my winter cough
6. The smell of freshly cut grass
7. Gin and tonics on the deck