Yesterday felt like “SUMMER” with capital letters. Specifically, a “summer night”. And every time I say the words “summer night”, I inevitably think of the song “Summer Nights” and the movie “Grease”.
You see, when I was growing up, maybe around 13ish?, my sister, best friend and I went through a period of time where we were obsessed with the movie “Grease” (and the soundtrack). We watched the movie on repeat, learned every word to every song and then spent HOURS in my basement rec room putting together these little “shows”, or skits, reenacting various scenes from the movie and singing the songs. Our lucky parents then got to gather to watch our most outstanding theatrical performances. 😊 LOL!
Ah, those were happy times. I can’t think about it without smiling. And, I still love the movie (and the music!) It’s just so great.
I actually heard that a drive-in theatre nearby is going to be showing “Grease” some weekend coming up soon. I am thinking about leaving the kids home and having Ivan take me for an old-fashioned drive-in movie date, like in the good ‘ol days. We have never been “to the drive in” on a date, since, well, that’s just not really a thing anymore too much. The one time we went was last summer and we had the boys and my parents along and we watched the new version of “The Lion King!” Haha.
But anyway, to me, yesterday felt like a true…..”summer day, drifting away to…oh oh the summer nights…ah well a well a well a..uh- tell me more, tell me more…” (Okay, okay, I’ll stop… Gosh that is just SUCH A GREAT SONG!) 😊 😊
We finally got our little garden planted which ended up all taking longer than I had originally anticipated. The boys helped though and it was fun and the sun was hot. We weeded a bunch of flower beds together too and spread some new mulch in some areas. I won’t say that yard work or gardening is necessarily my dream way to spend a summer day, but it always just feels very “summery” whenever we do it. Shorts, tank tops, dirt on our hands and faces, kids running around in the yard, birds chirping, sun shining and green leaves on the trees….
The boys got pretty into planting and part way through Asher looked up and exclaimed, “This is one of my most favorite things to do in the summertime!” That melted my heart a little bit, as I have just so many various fond memories of my own childhood and summertime, so I am so happy to see my boys experiencing some of the same simple joys.
Later in the evening we had our first bonfire of the season. We have a really lovely firepit area in our yard, nestled under some huge spruce trees. It always feels kind of like a private little campsite to me. We string lights between the trees and I just love how it looks. We don’t actually have bonfires that often since it’s all just kind of a hassle to get everything all set up and out there. But on the nights we do, I always feel very content and just happy that we have this special little place at our home. It’s all so cozy and I think these memories and images will stick with the boys (and me) forever.
I am grateful for memories. I’m grateful for the amazing times I’ve lived, experiences I’ve had and the mere fact that our brains are capable of holding memories. I’m so grateful that we get to keep those special moments tucked away to bring out again and again, like those wonderful memories of singing along to the “Grease” soundtrack with my sister and friend.