Summer is here! The other day as I tended to my seven year old’s skinned knee I also soothed her tears by telling her what her Oma told me when I was a kid, “This means that summer is here. My mom told me that the first skinned knee announces the arrival of summer. Congratulations! You got to let us know that summer is here.” She triumphantly marched around the house with a pronounced limp informing the family the summer had started.
A few other signs are: school is over, we went on vacation, it is hot, we got our first sun burns and the winds are picking up. There is one final way that I know it is officially summer. Christmas is right around the corner! Yes, that is a marker for me now. I say this every year, but it is so true; those Bolivian Santas have got to be miserable from the heat!
Happy Summer and Happy Holidays, too!