Squeezing Out Summer

Posted Aug 23 2012, 10:30 am in , , , , , , , , ,

My kids start school on September fourth!

It’s coming up fast. Too fast!

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be ready for the peace and quiet and the uninterrupted writing time that comes with September. BUT…

I will miss summer.

I love summer. And I love spending time with my kids at the lake. Swimming, playing on the beach, hiking, just…being.

Every summer I take the kids and head off to the lake where we have access to a family cabin. Usually, I try and come home for a few days here and there. But mostly, I just go. That’s the beauty of being a writer. I’m totally portable. I also have a very understanding husband who ‘gets’ that the lake feeds my soul. At the lake I’m happy, inspired, less stressed, creative and well…it’s just better. And yes, I’m absolutely aware at how completely blessed I am to have not only an amazing place to escape to, but an equally amazing husband who is totally okay with me going and a career that makes it possible for me to go.


These few months in the summer are so special to me because the kids are able to reconnect with each other and play together (most of the time), they unplug and just have fun. And I get to reconnect with them as well. After a busy year of school, swim club, Guides, softball and whatever else we jam in, it’s nice to just ‘be’ with the kids.

But with only one week left before school starts up again, I’m sad. And not just because I have to wait a whole year before we get to escape to the lake again. But because my kids are ten now. TEN! (The fact that I’m even old enough to have ten year olds is a whole other issue.) As the kids get older I realize that they’re not going to be satisfied with leaving their friends behind for the whole summer and hanging out with Mom.

I know this.

It makes me unbelievably sad to know that our special summers may be coming to an end. I don’t know what next year will bring. Maybe I’m wrong and the kids will be happy to escape reality with their mom for another year. I hope I’m wrong. But my instinct is that we’ll have to modify our summer plans. And, I guess I’ll be okay with that…

…when the time comes.

Until then, I still have ten more days of summer with my kids and I’m going to make the most of it.

The summer months are often some of the most special. How are you hanging on to the last few days? What are your best memories?



5 responses to “Squeezing Out Summer”

  1. Your summers sounds like paradise. Maybe you’ll get a few more summers with the kids before they want to do their own thing. This was the first summer my son (14) really didn’t need me for anything. It was strange and awesome at the same time. When they get old enough to have their own lives and do their own things, that’s a tough time for moms. I still miss my daughter and our summers together. Here’s hoping you still have a few more left before then…

  2. winnwords says:

    Hey Elena, I can totally relate to your post. My kids are a bit older than yours and I just wanted to tell you not to despair just yet. It’ll be another year or two before the caché of spending time with Mom will fade, and at THAT point, you invite a palatable friend along! This will easily buy you another couple of years! Yes, the kids go off on their own sometimes, but they also want to show the friend all those special things you’ve always done with them and you’re going to be part of that equation! In my experience, by the time the kids want to separate more, you’ll be ready for it. In fact, you may even be glad of it! 🙂

    • Elena Aitken says:

      Oh… I don’t know if I’m ready. BUT the friends are already coming. This is our first weekend (this weekend) with the friend. We’ll see how it goes.

  3. August McLaughlin says:

    Since I don’t have kids and live in LA, summer doesn’t bring more vacations or the end to warm temps. I have had a blast, though. Work slows some, so I’ve had fun home time with my hubby. And ThrillerFest in NYC rocked. 🙂

    So glad you’ve been cherishing the season. Hope the fall brings lots of joy, too!

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