July

The Next Family

By: Danny Thomas

july…

summer

sunblock and bug spray

popsicles and bike rides

wet

hot

steam and sweat

the ice cream man

ice cream sandwiches

hot dogs

bonfires

late nights

s’mores

Frisbee

soccer

shorts

sandals

barefoot

sunburns

eyes that sting – from sun, and chlorine…

days filled with games and play and arts and crafts

thunderstorms

melon

taco salad

bike rides

and music outside

camping

bar b q’s potato salad and chips

daycamp

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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