I remember the summers of my youth.
Three all too brief months of freedom away from school, joining in vacations with my family and, in general, enjoying a much slower and leisurely pace to life. I guess there was a part of me that believed summers would always be that way.
Of course, that was before I grew up and started my own family. Any thought that summer would mean life would slow down were quickly replaced with the stressful realities of adulthood and parenthood. But hey, it can still be a lot of fun.
Such is the case with the current summer so far for the occupants of the Kellar Estate. Take the Memorial Day “holiday” weekend for example. It started bright and early that Saturday with the annual Kellar Family Excursion to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival.
Regular readers will understand that the festival is an absolute must on our spring schedule. This time around, we took our children Nick, 21; Jaylynn, 12; and Jason, 4.5, while Nick brought along his daughter (our granddaughter) Lauryn 3.5 and Jaylynn invited her friend Ashlee.
Thanks to Nick taking charge of Jason and Lauryn and Jaylynn and Ashlee being old enough to explore the grounds as a pair while checking in using cell phone technology, my wife Vida and I were able to spend the day on our own for the first time since our initial visit shortly after we began dating.
We were actually able to take our time to eat, shop and watch shows without dividing our attention amongst the entourage which typically accompanies us. It was fantastic.
We spent the night in Waxahachie and on Sunday morning we traveled to Six Flags to renew our season passes where, despite having to park closer to the Rangers Ballpark than the theme park, we were in and out in short order.
Memorial Day Monday morning I spent grilling up a bunch of food, then Jaylynn and her friends spent the afternoon at the Ja-Lu pool while Jason splashed around in his wading pool at the Estate. That night all of us, except Vida, watched “Kung Fu Panda 2”.
Needless to say, I was ready to get back to the newspaper Tuesday so I could take a break.
During the interim, our friend Ray Martinez was recruited to put together a deck for the back yard of the Estate, one of those home improvements Vida and I had talked about ever since we moved in. He did a magnificent job, and now we are looking forward to years of spring, summer and fall outdoor parties.
Speaking of which, as I write this, Vida has been deep in the preparations for Jaylynn’s 12th birthday shindig, which was scheduled for Saturday night and which was also to serve as sort of the official christening of the new deck. Last I heard, Jaylynn was talking about inviting “20 or so” of her friends to the event, with yours truly doing another round of grilling in order to feed the hungry masses, while Vida took care of the cake, drinks, decorations, presents and a giant TV screen for watching videos and playing the Nintendo Wii.
Not to mention that, if tradition holds, Jaylynn will have one or more of her friends sleeping over pretty much each and every night this summer, which doesn’t even officially start until June 21.
You know, I really don’t remember summers ever being this hectic. But then again, I remember summers as a kid, and not as a parent ...
Just a thought ...
Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer