My 10-year old, like many kids, has a selective memory. Ask what he did at school, and he replies, “nothing.” Ask what his coach said in the pep talk, and he says, “nothing.” Ask him how the Lion King was on Broadway (the camp took him last year), and he shrugs, “nothing.” IT WAS A BROADWAY SHOW FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE! HOW CAN THAT BE NOTHING? And ask him in September what he did all summer, and he’ll say, “nothing.”
Which is why, this year, I’m keeping a Summer Log. I’ve been doing something similar for many years whenever we go on vacation so I can remember what we did when we were away. Logs then go into our scrapbooks along with receipts, ticket stubs, quotes from the kids, photos, etc. This log, unlike the others, will be nothing elaborate.
I’m envisioning a glorified list with, perhaps, a few extra notations if the caffeine in my Diet Coke kicks in. The list may just be a few words scribbled in my Day Planner that I’ll transfer to a final sheet at the end of the summer. Yes, brief is the way to go. Like the summer, the log is a work in progress.
Now, since it’s only the second week of Summer Vacation 2011, the log is thus far short, but memorable. Junior got whacked by a baseball bat in the eyebrow last week, so the notation for that day read “hospital – stitches.” And since he can’t go in the water until the stitches are out, this week has consisted of “camp,” “bowling,” “zoo,” “playdate,” “library,” and “mall.” Ho hum. Hopefully, the log will get a bit more exciting since there’s more to do here in Jersey than just go down the Shore.
In any case, it’ll jog his memory as he makes the precarious transition between elementary school and middle school. Maybe it’ll remind him of a simpler time before all the teenage issues kick in. But for certain, it’ll give him something more to write about than “nothing.”
This is an original post for Jersey Moms Blog by MomsCrayon, a New Jersey mom.
Photo credit given to The Construction Zone.