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Nothing - NOTHING - brings it all rushing back like meet the teacher night. The nerves, the apprehension, the excitement - the first glimpse of the class list and the knowledge that soon, maybe too soon, lunchboxes and backpacks will cram the cubbies and freshly sharpened #2 pencils will spill out of desks. Maybe that’s why the last few fleeting days of summer are even sweeter - because they are nearly extinct. The calendar says that we have almost a month of summer left - and the heat wave on the way confirms it - but we know the truth. Once the backpacks replace the pool towels on the floor of the mudroom, it’s all over. School supplies today, Halloween costumes tomorrow. But still - with

18 is enough.

I’ve read those blogs about “18 summers is all you get” and honestly, at this point in the game, that feels like enough. I mean, I’d love a few dozen more summers IF they could all be about 3 weeks shorter. Because we.are.done. We are sunned out and over-chlorinated and we can’t find our goggles or our favorite pool towel and no one feels like packing or unpacking the cooler or one more tote bag. We have eaten more hot dogs than we care to admit. We don’t feel like going for an ice cream cone. We are done. We have soaked up every bit of summer fun we can possibly absorb - beach, pool, barbecue, birthdays. We have caught the fireflies and read on the porch and laughed until we cried and dance

Not Yet.

It’s August ELEVENTH and I just saw an ad from Chasing Fireflies sponsored on Facebook for Halloween costumes. No. First of all, Chasing Fireflies is crazy adorable but it is absurd to buy a Halloween costume that costs more than it costs to become an annual sustaining member of WHYY and it is especially unnecessary to do this before Labor Day. It’s mid-freaking-August. It’s time to think about, but not actually commit to, removing the sand from the trunk of your car. It’s time to buy a few more sunscreens since there is so much summer left. It’s time to maybe - MAYBE - grab a few school supplies but you really do have another two or three weeks there so don’t get nuts yet. It’s definitely t

Survivor

Summer survival, I’m learning, is all about lowering expectations. Here’s a quick guide on how to do that: Step One: Adopt these three simple mantras. 1. I can’t care about everything. 2. Done is better than perfect. 3. That’s not MP (my problem), that’s YP (your problem). Step Two: Apply one mantra to every.single.situation that presents itself. That’s it. The sitter gave the kids Nutella for lunch - again? $9 in fines at the library? 6 kids for lunch and only 4 hot dog buns? I can’t care about everything. Laundry clean but not folded? Towels *almost* dry for swim team? Health form filled in literally as you’re walking in to camp? Done is better than perfect. The person who signed up for th

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