Here in Minnesota we celebrate summer after the long winter. The problem is how to pack as much as you can into the summer. It was a few years ago when our kids were graduating from high school that we came to the realization that the summer is only 12 weeks long and everyone tries to pack everything into those 12 weekends.
It starts with Memorial Day weekend with the parades and local remembrance services and directly into the graduation parties for the recent graduates. Now in a small town of 400 no one wants to miss each others parties so the last of the parties may well be into July. Spring and summer are traditionally wedding seasons here as the brides hope for the perfect spring or summer day.
July brings the Fourth of July activities with parades and local town celebrations. We are surrounded by several other small towns each having their own celebration and then our town celebration of Heritage Days is the second weekend of August each summer. This year is the biggie, 100 years since our town was incorporated.
Summer is the traditional time for vacations and camping when the kids are out of school so those of us who don’t have kids in school or our kids are grown work while others take their vacation with their kids. Its okay with me because I prefer to duck out of town in the middle of winter for a little warm weather elsewhere.
Before we know it the back to school shopping season is upon us and Labor Day. The boats are off the lakes and put away and everyone wonders what happened to summer.
My response lately is that summer is only 12 weeks long.
That being said we have already packed so much into the spring/summer season already it feels like it should be done but I am delighted to realize that we are not half way through yet.
We’ve been up north to Two Harbors to work on my brother’s new land he purchased to develop into a rustic retreat. We’ve been to San Francisco to celebrate our nephew’s wedding. We’ve attended several graduation parties and helped host a family reunion for my mom’s family from all over the United States.
Our most exciting news is welcoming our first granddaughter to the family. We’ve welcomed two more grandsons to the mix since I last blogged and will be adding a daughter-in-law to the family in January. Life is good…but short…celebrate accordingly.