At last we bid the summer a sweet adieu.
The boys are back in school. Classes started this week, though my youngest went to “half days” ‘cause I guess the gears of an elementary school are slow to start turning or something. The good news is that the start of full days next week means this here blog may hit supernova with nonstop posts, a stream of celebrity guests, and free ice cream daily. Or at least I’ll go back to one post a week.
Let’s cap the summer by looking at some of my major accomplishments.
First, since it’s the reason we’re all here, let’s talk about the blog. I set a goal of posting fortnightly, and, like every incredibly unambitious goal I’ve set for posts, I managed to miss it. Badly.
However, while my dearth of writing deprived you of
hours of glorious entertainment a few minutes’ distraction, it helped me enjoy one of my best summers ever. In previous years, we tried to fill the boys’ days with all sorts of camp and stuff, but this summer we intentionally left numerous weeks free.
With the morning rallying cry of “Get yer stuff done”, my boys knew that if they ticked off their checklist every day (reading, math, piano, soccer, exercise, etc.) an afternoon of fun awaited.
We even went old-school for a stretch and put a lot of time in a new Minecraft world. It was really fun to see their creativity unleashed (and there is always something amusing when young kids feel nostalgia), and I enjoyed how they were always curious what I was doing and always wanted to come help. My youngest was especially funny because almost every interaction we had was a business transaction – he’d make up the name of a business for whatever he was offering (e.g., “Floors and More” when I needed carpet, “Chicken Cafe” when I wanted some chicken) and force me to do deals with him. Video games aren’t all bad.
The bell cow of our summer travel was our trip to Japan, but we also did a weekend trip to Pensacola to see the Blue Angels. [Sidebar: I was a bit amazed that Japan felt very familiar and comfortable while holiday-weekend-Pensacola was a major culture shock. My how things have changed for this simple lad from Dallas.] We had broader travel plans, and I offered 1:1 trips to both boys, but they wanted to just stay home and have fun.
One notable anecdote from a summer of great entertainment: I convinced the missus to watch the 2006 prophetic documentary Idiocracy with me. This was a risky move, and I was prepared to pay penance if it fell flat with her. But in a surprising twist, she really liked it and felt it rested on a solid scientific foundation. Now we have a host of new allusions to share, and the boys have even picked up some of our favorite lines. As I gave my eldest his allowance earlier this summer, he changed to a blank stare and slack jaw and groaned, zombie-like, “I like money.” Good stuff.
I went powerboating on a nearby lake with my son and his friend + his friend’s dad. I may have a post from that experience, because it was a brutal waste of a day, and owning a boat may be one of the worst things ever.
Between my sons and me, we probably read over $1,000 of books (for free, of course). Some people have a special connection (e.g., bookie, drug dealer), but I’ve got them all beat. While our local library’s e-book collection is rather pathetic, I have a hookup to one of the deepest e-book collections of any public library. I wouldn’t trade you this access for a Yamaha 242X (the boat that stole a day of my life). Many thanks to my generous benefactor!
My boys and I played a lot of soccer with the two teams I coach. The rest of the rec league won’t know what hit them this fall.
I helped my eldest son with his little entrepreneurial project, and it was a great experience for him. A blog post beckons.
In the exciting world of plumbing, we had a near disaster, but everything worked out just fine in the end. Definitely blogworthy.
We conducted international arbitrage of a musical instrument. And yes, your wildest dreams will come true: a pending post will share the fascinating details.
I did do some consulting work over the summer, because I too like money, but the lion’s share of my time was keeping my boys’ brains from atrophy and having fun with them. It made for an awesome summer.
I hope you had a great summer, and I’m looking forward to the fall. Let the avalanche of blog posts begin!
Sunset picture courtesy of Farah Serra