Monday, September 2, 2013

Labor Day Celebratin'

What are you doing to celebrate Labor Day, this final (not really) day of summer, this extraordinary long weekend awkwardly smushed into the back-to-school week?

So far, I've had a lovely time not checking Facebook or Twitter, listening to my kids laugh, buying happy adoption day presents for Charles the Terror (yes, it HAS been a year), partying in a gazebo during a monsoon (and wishing for a waterproof Snuggie), eating sushi and having fun with one of my besties, First Laura, and yeah, I'll include it, going to The Louisville Zombie Walk with the whole fam.  But more on that in a coming post.

That's called a tease, in case you were wondering.

On this actual Labor Day holiday, the whole ADDled family is heading to the pool for a final whang-dang.  I actually feel nostalgic about this.  (I say this as if incredulous because I don't really like to swim.)

The pool is such a part of our neighborhood and represents so much of what I love about my town: socializing with every person you've ever known since birth (yesterday I ran into people I worked with in my 20s, moms from my kids' preschool, my high school chemistry teacher, my grad school methodology professor, a close friend from middle/high school, the daughter of a fourth grade teacher at my school, my daughter's 3-year-old preschool teacher, and my husband's work cohort), cooling off in a gorgeous quarry oasis, and watching all of the kids - friends of my kids - who grow get lankier and more mature each time I see them - splashing and diving and carousing.

If happiness were a place, it would be Lakeside Swim Club.  (And by the way, that's not a country club, it's a neighborhood pool that requires membership.  Just average folks floatin' on rafts and eating snack bar pizza.)

Here's a few moments of my summer.  Kiss kiss.  I'll miss you, summer.

So, seriously, what are you doing to celebrate Labor Day?



8 comments:

  1. Ahhh. Nice memories. Here in Texas, our kids start school a week or two (at least) before Labor Day. It's too early, and too hot! We are still in the 100s. We were going to the lake this morning, but it rained all morning, which is a rare treat. Instead, we will be playing tennis and--like many Americans--grilling out!

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    1. In Kentucky, we start school two weeks before Labor Day, too. We've had a really mild summer, but of course, the heat waited until late August to set in. The cold front came through, finally but ill-timed, while we were at the pool on Labor Day. We spent AN HOUR waiting out the storm under cover, but as die-hard, sucking-the-marrow-out-of-summer people that we've become, we stayed and the sun came out again. Now, the days begin in the high 50s and low 60s.

      I could never withstand the heat of Texas.

      Happy beginning of the school year! Hope the tennis and grilling were fun and delicious.

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  2. Sounds like a perfect weekend! Much better than mine - my daughter went to my parents and I spent three days scrubbing my house in ways I never seem to find time to do. No fun memories, but YAY! a clean house.

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    1. I hardly ever clean my house like that. Wish I could hire you to do it for me! Instead, I try to ignore the dust tumbleweeds and temper my perfectionism.

      Actually, when I do clean like you did, it is incredibly satisfying. So, yay for your clean house, indeed.

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  3. Oh summers and pools. I miss that where we live. It's an experience I had that my kids have not. Outdoor pools are hard to keep heated in the cool mountain air. Looks lovely!

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    1. You know, I would love to live in the mountains. I've never been to Colorado and long to see those gorgeous mountains and breathe that crisp air. I'm more of a winter person than a summer person, but I've adapted to this pool thing. It's not my thing, swimming, but I love seeing my kids so happy and I love running into pretty much everyone I know. It's like a party after which I don't have to clean up!

      Enjoy that mountain air. I envy you.

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  4. Sorry we couldn't chat on our-way-out/your-way-in. We ran into someone I knew five years ago, two men I'd driven to the Indy 500 one year, Mark's new collaborative partner, and about six more I'm forgetting. We also maybe found sponsors!

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    1. I was happy to see you guys and wished we could've talked, but it sounds like I may be seeing more of you around the lake next summer! Congratulations.

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