One of my favorite parts of summer is having or going to a summer BBQ. Having good food while communing with good friends makes it something special.
As I watched the kids playing in the backyard, running around and laughing at the new game they created, I was struck with memories of my own childhood. Simpler times, where friendship and joy seemed easier to come by. It was living in the moment and recognizing the specialness of an occasion without anyone having to tell you so. As parents we can get caught up in trying to create great memories for our children. Buying them a special toy, planning that one-of-a-kind party, or taking them on a trip that stretches the budget. All are great, but require preparation and lack spontaneity. I’m reminded that its the simple things, like being together and enjoying each others company regardless of the time or place, that makes the difference, not the where or anything else.
The BBQs of my childhood were special, and I believe the BBQs my children attend will be special memories for them.
It was a good reminder for me. Keep it simple, and enjoy.
What are your favorite summertime memories?