I can't believe how fast time seems to be flying by. It's hard to believe the store has been open for a year now, that our puppy Zorro has passed the four month mark and that it will be summer before we know it (weatherwise it is already here). I have fond memories of summer as a child. We were so lucky - we got to take not one but two trips each summer.
The first was to Camlachie, Ontario to my grandparent's cottage on the sandy shores of Lake Huron. I can still feel the thrill of first seeing the big blue lake on the distant horizon. Countless baseball games, hands of cards, swimming, playing house, walking on unpaved country roads, visiting neighboring farms - it was idyllic for us kids.
In August, we would head east to the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. This too was a place of amazing beauty. Our family of seven would camp for several weeks on one of the islands; in later years, rented a cottage. The breathtaking scenery was soul food.
I remember times of summer boredom, of course. A new craft, a drawing session or pretend play idea were the cure. A stay-at-home mom told me recently that she was rather dreading the last day of school, not knowing exactly how to keep her kids busy. We have come up with a schedule of summer classes and free activities that I hope will help with that!
P.S. I feel so blessed: once again, I will take two trips this summer. Our July/August classes coincide with the weeks I am in town. And a heartfelt thank you for your support this first year. I am hoping for many more!