Written by Cheryl of Backseat Gourmet
We’ve been going hard here at Simple Bites about preserving summer. It’s all about saving those bits of sunshine to brighten a dismal January day. But what if you need to brighten a dismal August day?
Just because the weather is great, the kids are out of school, or there is green grass to tickle your toes, it doesn’t stop the realities of life. Days can be crazy, sad things can happen, or everything can happen at near the speed of light. And we just need to stop.
We need to stop and look around to see that hey, the grass really is tickling our feet, the cherries are so juicy they explode when you bite into one, or that the sprinkler is the best invention ever.
Seasons are a strong marker in our lives. We eat by the seasons, therefore we live by the seasons. I’ve had a rough go of things this summer and our own Aimee gave me some advice:
“Live life day by day, season by season.”
She’s absolutely right.
So I stopped worrying about whether all the jam got made or peas went into the freezer. And I started eating fresh strawberries and carrots as they came out of the ground. I rode my bike around the neighborhood and helped my kids on the monkey bars. And I feel better.
Winter may have a little less sunshine in it, but I’m sure some roasted root vegetables and a gingerbread cake will help with that come January.
Photo by Cheryl
11 ways to stop and savor the summer right now
- Make fruit salad by color.
- Serve fresh, raw vegetables with nothing but a small bowl of fruity olive oil.
- Eat ice cream for dinner.
- Sit on the front steps and shuck peas.
- Make iced tea the lazy way.
- Ignore bedtimes and let the kids run around until it gets dark.
- Always serve watermelon to babies and adults for dessert.
- Invest in a good gin for backyard gin and tonics.
- Have a water fight.
- Eat tomatoes right off the vine, still warm from the sun; raspberries too.
- Invite friends over for burgers.
Too often we get hung up on thinking ahead to the next steps. As parents this is inherently our job. And kids have the job of living life in the moment.
So this summer, I’m learning from my kids and enjoying thing as they come, day by day, season by season.
What is your favorite moment of summer and are you savoring it?