Being :: The Summer List

June 6, 2012

Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.

Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they chose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.


Summertime is as much tradition driven as Christmas in some families. A long drink of homemade lemonade on the porch swing in the midst of a hazy sunset. This is summer. Skin calm and cool, sandy hair and towel lined car seats for sleeping babes. This is summer. Patchwork quilts covering the cool grass on a warm evening watching fireworks. This is summer.

We were made for tradition. It grounds us, makes us feel safe and helps us mark our time around the sun.

In our family, every season, we write a manifesto. Sometimes, we write it together around our dinner table. Everyone throwing out what they would like to do. Sometimes, some seasons, I write it for us. Because sometimes we need to get out of our house and into the community and a handy little list gives us a reason.

This year, we started early. We called it the Late Spring/Summer/Early Fall list. Everyone giggled. Such a silly name!

So it’s been affectionately dubbed, “The Summer List.”

Some entries always appear on such lists… “McDonalds.” Funny. I think that one is always conveniently forgotten (or not written down at all!). “What did you say? Oh, yes, I can’t hear you? Next?”

But mostly they are beautiful tributes to the summer’s we’ve had before. Camping! Swimming in Paulina! The Zoo! Make Popsicles! Movie night at home (with popcorn)! Visiting Grandparents!

Our summer is shaping up nicely.  Today we checked off  ”slide into the kiddie pool” and “ice cream.” And we’ve had time to visit the farmers’ market, pick wild flowers, try a new park and sleep over. (Well…. shall we say, attempted sleep over).

But it’s really not how much we get accomplished off this list. It’s not a to-do list that I’ve built out in my time management tool. This list breathes the soft breath of summer, it chases the last light of a fleeting day, the i’s are dotted with fireflies, the t’s are crossed lazily. So, let’s proclaim this summer together– a great one. With a little planning you’ll get to do what you want out of summer and when necessary throw off the list for a new adventure. But above all, keep your eyes open. Perhaps you’re day will end with dirty feet, tired bones and an impromptu bonfire.

If you were going to write a summer list, what would be on it?

We hope you will join us in welcoming Mary to the blog during this month of June! Mary will be here each Wednesday to share her photographs and reflections with us.  You can read more about Mary’s life as an art director and parent on her own blog The Yellow Door Paperie. 



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Mousy Brown June 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

We write a list every summer and it always has : Beach visits/sleeping under the stars/reading together/SLEEP/campfires/camping/friends…and then a whole lot of new ideas gathered from friends, books, blogs and imagination. Our list is a foundation for the long lazy days of Summer but not a chain to hold us back and each Autumn we start next years list with the things we didn’t get done the year before and the whole cycle starts again…can’t wait! :D

KC June 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Camping, pine trees, watermelon, Monsoon storms. Welcome to ROTH. I look forward to reading your posts!

~ joey ~ June 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

How funny, we write a list for the Winter/ Christmas season but not the Summer?! I think we’ll have to start one…
~ joey ~

Dee June 8, 2012 at 6:47 am

We also write lists. Ours always includes many beach days, a trip to New York to see grandma, and visits to Sonic for cherry limeade. Mmmm.

Eliz. K June 8, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I so look forward to doing this as our family grows up! And Joey– I hadn’t thought of a Christmas/Winter list; what a great way to pass those long, cold months at the beginning of the year!

Oh my list– have a safe delivery for my first baby(!), attend a couple weddings of dear friends, make marshmallows and have a bonfire out back, invite some new friends over…

Mary-- The Yellow Door Paperie June 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

Mousy Brown– I love the idea of sleeping under the stars. My twin sister and i used to sleep outside on the picnic table when we were camping as kids, I haven’t thought bout that in years!

KC–Watermelon! Thanks so much for your welcome (:

Joey– I’d love to know some of the things you think of to put on your new summer list!

Dee– Cherry Limeade. SO. GOOD.

Eliz. K– Sending thoughts for you for your new baby!!

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