Ode to Summer in Pictures and Haiku
We are enjoying the last bit of summer before my youngest son starts school on Monday Before I start the scramble of buying school supplies and new uniform pants, I want to sit and remember the beauty that was summer.
Did everything work out as I had expected in terms of kids schedules and activities? No.
Were memories created and experiences shared? Yes.
I’m trying to live in the present and let go of any regret – Y.O.L.O. When I tell my children, learn from your mistakes and move on, I want to be applying that in my own life.
This summer we traveled to a state park in Ohio for a 20 year reunion with most of the interns from my first year in Philadelphia. Living in community that year was so challenging and revealing.
Our leader used to always remind us of the proverb “iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another”. There were definite sparks flying as we learned how to serve each other, the school, and the community while working through conflict or tension.
Being able to see them again in the flesh after 20 years was an enormous blessing. Facebook photos and updates are one thing, but actually seeing our children joyfully romping around the park was far better.
Twenty years have passed
New and old friendships renewed
We also caravanned with another dear family to Maine. My friend Josina and I were able to catch up on the ride up there while our husbands were doing the same in the other van. This was our first trip to Maine and it was beautiful. Family friends hosted us for the week and they were so gracious. Maine was quaint and relaxing, made even sweeter by the company of dear friends.
Rock and sand beaches
Lobster boats in the ocean
Red hots on the grill
French Creek State Park
Our last summer vacation was spent at French Creek State Park with my husband’s family. We stayed in modern cabins that were really nice. Our youngest son got to sleep in a tent one night and he was thrilled. Any time away from the city is a welcome change. It’s only about an hour away from Philadelphia, but it made such a difference in terms of humidity and serenity. Being in green space is restorative.
Venture from the ‘hood
Relief from humidity
State park blissfulness
I’m not sure if that was good haiku, but I think it captured a bit of each experience. What was a memorable experience for you this summer? Extra points if you write a haiku about it!
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