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by The Next Family July 19, 2011

By: Danny Thomas



sunblock and bug spray

popsicles and bike rides



steam and sweat

the ice cream man

ice cream sandwiches

hot dogs


late nights








eyes that sting – from sun, and chlorine…

days filled with games and play and arts and crafts



taco salad

bike rides

and music outside


bar b q’s potato salad and chips


theatre camp

pool time and water play

squirt gun fights and water balloon wars…

itchy skin from grass and sweat and sunshine…

picking strawberries

boat rides

some of the things that

–and luckily even with all the busy-ness that comes from

moving, and working, and being in theatrical productions–

my wife and I have been able to provide for our girls…

I find it strange how it becomes important to expose our kids to some of the things we had, and how we don’t want them to be exposed to some of the things we experienced, and how we discern that… and how they will find their own way, no matter what, and be exposed to things we can’t imagine, but some of these things, these summer things, just seem to make up the fabric of my character and it makes me immeasurably happy to be able to experience them again with my kids.

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