And now I’ll have THAT in my head all day, you’re welcome, self!
When I was a kid I had a parent at home (thanks, mom!) and so summer was eight straight weeks of zero planned activities. No daycamps, no constant outings to parks & playgrounds with a large wagon full of gear, no bucket hats with chin straps or SPF 60 waterproof PABA-free sunscreen…
(I honestly think summer is the season that we are all most nostalgic for, when we look back at our childhoods. I read a fascinating and depressing essay about “the death of childhood”, and it was talking about how the notion of kids just rampaging all over the neighbourhood from sunup to sundown (and beyond) really only lasted for a 40-year period. Two generations, max, and now if you let your kid ride their bike past your own block before they’re in high school you run the risk of being tagged a negligent parent.)
Our summer days usually consisted of breakfast, followed by the three hours of kid-appropriate TV programming that ran every weekday morning… then the TV was snapped off, we grabbed a PB&J, and from noon until 8 or 9pm we were on our own for entertaining ourselves.
We didn’t have fights over screen time, because after lunch the TV was news and soap operas until after supper, when it was reruns all evening anyway.
We all have more screen time now. It’s no good pretending we don’t. I’m sitting on my sunny deck right now, tap-tapping away on my laptop… but in the summertime, I’m certainly less inclined to be in front of a screen. I’m outdoors most of the day. I’m running after kids, wriggling my toes in the sand, bandaging skinned knees and sitting in the shade of my neighbour’s backyard maple tree with a trashy book.
I think most of you would say the same.
All of this to say that “Throwing It Back” is on hiatus until September. We’re going to squeeze every ounce of sunshine out of our summer, because in Canada it can start late and end early, and you don’t want to waste a moment.
We hope you’ll come back and hang with us again in the fall. In the meantime, wear sunscreen, eat Popsicles, remember that all you need for a bikini body is a bikini to wear on your body, and have a safe and wonderful summer break!