Running through the grass in my front-yard with a mason jar clutched in my hand. My eyes fixated on one thing: those glimmering, and somewhat magical creatures, that only visited for a few months.
My brother and I teamed up and tried to catch as many as possible to put in our make-shift lanterns.
That was bliss.
Summer in the south is majestic.
But sometimes we are inclined to feel it up with busyness. And activities that require bags of supplies.
Life is but a series of small moments; the ones I best recollect are the simplest.
Ones that don’t require 8 steps from Pinterest.
Just a bit of connecting with nature. And a bit of savoring life.
So here is my bucket-list for the summer. I do realize that the effects of many of these will be me cleaning up dirt-stained bathtubs. But that is quite all right.
Cause after all, summer in the south is a gift to be cherished and sometimes that means letting your kids play in the mud.
I might not get to all of them. But I am going to try my hardest to celebrate the season in the most simplest of ways.
21 Things Every Southern-Child Should Do This Summer
Imagining images in clouds
Spitting watermelon seeds
Shucking sweet corn and eating it raw off the cob
Flying off a rope swing into the ice-cold river
Looking for worms in the dirt and then going fishing
Playing in a creek-bank
Running barefoot through the freshly-mowed grass
Rushing through a water-sprinkler on a hot summer day
Listening to the croaking of a bullfrog symphony on the banks of a pond
Tasting a honeysuckle vine
Digging in the dirt. For no reason other than just to dig
Sparklers on the 4th of July
Crashing into bed way past bedtime from the sheer exhaustion of just plain playing outside.
I’m thankful my parents gave me that messy, magical summer childhood of just enjoying life.
What would you add to the list?
Love & Blessings,
Sarah Lewis Philpott, Ph.D lives in TN on a sprawling cattle farm where she raises her two mischievous children (with one on the way!) and is farm wife to her high school sweetheart. Sarah is represented by The Blythe Daniel Literary Agency . You can visit with Sarah at her All-American Mom blog where she writes about life on the farm and cherishing life in joy & in sorrow.