To the point week of 7-8-10

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IS ANYONE ELSE HAVING a busy summer?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like only yesterday that we were holding graduation ceremonies at the high school; and suddenly we are about a month from the beginning of the new school year.

It seems like the community was just having its annual Easter Egg Hunt; and down the street comes the Patriot Fourth of July parade.

Is it really fair time already? That can only mean one thing – the festival can’t be far behind.

It won’t be long until we see Halloween displays; followed by Thanksgiving; and finally Christmas. In fact – we may see them all at the same time.

I was told once that days drag by and years fly by; and that sure seems true as I stare at my July calendar and wonder how I got here.

We’ve had a busy summer, with a daughter getting married; another home from college; and a third getting ready for her senior year of high school. We’ve worked on the house and taken a trip and all of the usual things that people do in the summer months; but for the life of me I can’t figure out how it goes so quickly.

And I’m not even in the biggest whirlpool of all – smaller children involved with summer teams. I’m not sure how those families do it. They are always running, either to a practice in another town or to some tournament in another town or state.

Sometimes families run in more than one direction at the same time; carefully calculating their trips to get from one location to another in time for the next game. Throw into that mix summer camps both here in the county and in other locations, and I think our kids are the busiest people I know.

It all comes from a mindset that we as parents have developed. We want our kids to be involved. We want them to participate in group activities, and we have the income to allow it.

It’s not just sports, because musically-gifted children go from event to event; as do children who have other interests, intellectually and otherwise.

We see a spark in the eye of our children and as parents we want to turn it into a bonfire. We want to see them excel at whatever it is that they have taken on.

We want them to pay for college.

My oldest daughter, who was the subject of my hurried life several years ago, now as a 23-year old has a theory:

My grandchildren and others of their generation won’t do anything.

Nothing. No sports. No music camp. No horses.

Nothing. Why?

Because, she will tell you, that when she was little what she really wanted to do was to stay home and play with her friends and hang out, not travel all over to make a softball tournament at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning.

She’d tell you that she had fun, but overall she’d just as soon have taken a more leisurely pace to her childhood. It’s that concept that leads her to believe that when her generation becomes the parent, they’ll remember all of the running and hectic summers, and they’ll tell their kids to go out in the backyard and play.

Maybe, a slower pace of life would not only help the children, but the parents, as well.

You busy?