Keeping it short and sweet today, my friends, as we walk together down my small-town gravel path memory lane.
In different seasons of life, summer has meant many things, but it always brings me back to simplicity, enjoying the outdoors, and long sunny days.
As a kid, most of my days were spent reading novels from the library (I LOVED to read) on the porch swing or watching Disney Channel up to a half an hour before Mom got home for her lunch break so I could fly through my chore list. For a kid, small-town summertime means shooting hoops in the driveway or biking through the side streets.
Then somewhere along our journey to adulthood, we decide that we need to “summer”. We put together big, audacious bucket lists and fancy vacations and load our schedules with activity after activity.
But when I think about my best memories of summer over the years, it isn’t the big, fancy things that stand out.
It is the small, everyday events and the annual community gatherings that mean the most.
In this holiday season of 2021, I’m taking it back and sharing all of the small-town traditions from my childhood. Canoe trips, Old Navy flip flops, and babysitting jobs. Summer brings back so many memories and now as an adult, it’s amazing to see some of those same memories hold true with my own children.
Many of these traditions happen because of the way our small town continues to come together to celebrate. Because of small business support, we’re able to celebrate Independence Day with inflatables, sugary lemonade, fireworks, games, and more!
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I hope you take time this summer and holiday season to enjoy the moments and memories to appreciate the smaller things.
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