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August 19, 2008

What I've Learned This Summer

What_i_learned For all of you planners out there, we still have a good deal of August left. So please, let's stop talking about "back to school."  It's making me anxious.  Instead, I'd like to focus on the things I've learned so far this summer. 

1. "Summer whites" are for people who don't have kids.  My white paints have dirt stains now.  My white shorts got pee'd on.

2. Do not leave bug spray within the reach of your toddler. Definitely do not leave bug spray within the reach of your toddler in the car.

3. For long car drives, stop at Walmart.  They sell CDs like the best of Jackson Browne for $9.99.

4. If you can swing it, go home. Or visit a place you spent summers as a child. 

5. Putting sun block on a two year old should be an Olympic sport.

6. Three year old's can turn into teenagers when denied ice cream.  Exhibit A, a direct quote: "Mom, you're ruining my life."

7.  Jenga blocks are worth shoving into your suitcase. 

8. It's hard to wean yourself of a "texting" and email checking habit.

9.  If you are concerned about how you look in a bathing suit, leave a major metropolitan hub.  You'll get a little perspective.

10.  Summer storms and rainbows are awe-inspiring.

Now, with the rest of August to go, I'm going to open my window and listen to the crickets.  That school schedule can wait for another day.

Original Post to New York Moms Blog. Andi Silverman is the author of "Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner's Guide to Breastfeeding" (Quirk Books 2007).  She also runs the blog Mama Knows Breast.

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