This lovely post was written by Stephanie of You Are My Son Shine.
I Hate the Cold
I love summer because it means long days enjoying the outdoors in flip flops and tank tops… and I hate the cold. I really, really hate the cold. Visiting cold areas and snow don’t bother me, but only for a few days, I just can’t handle it. I was born and raised in South Florida, and have played golf most of my life. Heat. Humidity. Sun. All beautiful things in my mind! And being a native Floridian, my body thrives in the warmth. Anytime I travel somewhere cold or dry, I start getting dry skin and brittle fingernails. Take me back to the humidity and I’m good within a day. Yes, the humidity makes for a bad hair day for most people, but my hair is so flat and straight it doesn’t matter anyway. And besides, my hair is usually in a ponytail because I am out golfing, or on the boat, or at the beach.
Summer is the Best Time to Grill
I love summer because it’s the best time to use the grill and enjoy delicious outdoor dinners with nice cold drinks in hand. Everything tastes better on the grill. My boys love to be outside and are always asking if we can eat dinner out on our picnic table. For a while, we had to tell them it was too cold. Now that the weather is warming up, we can start enjoying meals together as a family out on the back porch.
I love summer because of family vacations. Every single year, since way before I was born, my entire family (on my mom’s side) has gathered at a beachside timeshare condo the first week of July. It started as just my grandparents, mom, and her two sisters, and my grandpa’s brother and his wife and two kids. Then they all started bringing significant others who became spouses which became families with children, who are now having their own children.
We still go every year. Every. Single. Year. And the place feels like home away from home for us all. What started with two of the rooms at the resort has now grown to my family owning 11 of the 42 rooms available that week. And because of the way it works, we always have the same people there, so many of the friends who are there year after year with us have also become like extended family. We call it our “beach week” and it is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It’s full of family, pool time, walks on the beach, searching for shells, family game nights, and a lot of sand volleyball. This is definitely the highlight of the summer.
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