I’ve been very busy this week, in reality, for the last 4 weeks. The dog days of summer, don’t you love phrases like this that, for me it invokes such imagery, and not really lovely. Hot hot days, sidewalks and streets where you can actually see the heat rising from them. Day after day of those temps and little rain to break up the monotony. Days when a cold drink or ice cream cone seem like a treat. Can you hear the sound of the ice cream truck bell or music? This is about what my days feel like. While much of the US has had unseasonably mild weather this summer, in Florida it’s been typically hot and humid.
Yes I live in a house with Central Air, I don’t know anyone in FL who doesn’t, it’s just the way it is here…………HOT. My life as of late has been more and more out of my cool house, and instead outside, at a softball and soccer field,and soon, I’ll be cheering in the bleachers for my son’s football team.
I’ve decided you can learn things when you are traveling with a teen daughter for 45 minutes or more. I’ve learned that my girls really are much better drivers now and that I often talk on the phone or play with my iphone while they drive. I’ve learned that they like to share and talk to me more when they are driving and not just a passenger where they might talk or text the trip away while plugged into their ipod. One of my daughters has always been more open with me, and she hasn’t changed, willing to tell me about her friends, what they are doing, what she planning with them and her boyfriend and what she is thinking, which I love. My other daughter, a bit more mysterious, more private, and at times, down right secretive and coniving, yes she can be! She is trying so very much to gain my trust more, and to be more open with me. I’m open and trying hard to keep my opinions to myself. It’s not always easy.
So I deduct that in some small way, the long hot dog days of summer and sports have an upside. Trapping a nearly 16 year old in a car, and letting her drive will often get you into conversations you’ve been open to having, and that in itself is a very good thing.
The picture of Adrienne above is one we are using on a player profile sheet we’re having printed for a Softball college showcase she is attending next weekend. I know I’m biased, but dang my daughter is lovely!