The writing prompt from our ChicagoNow monthly challenge was to write about our favorite summer memory from our school years. Since my school years were more than thirty years ago, I started down memory lane of when my daughter’s were still in school. This is the first year that all of us are working full time, so we see having our summer off in the rear view mirror. The last year that I had the whole summer off was in 2000 before I got divorced when my daughters were 4, 6 and 8. I loved being a stay at home mom back then. We slept in and stayed up late. We went to the pool and to the beach; we went for bike rides and nature walks. I am sure that we had moments of boredom, but our days were full of family, fun and adventure. Did I appreciate those days? I think that I did, but I also didn’t realize how difficult it would be when it ended. To those who are lucky enough to still have summers off, my advice is to live each summer as if it is your last one off. Yes, I can take vacations, but I don’t know when I will have the whole summer off again. This is also the same way that I try to live my life because I understand how unpredictable life can be. No one quite knows what will happen in the future, so it is important to live each day as if it could be the last.
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