“…to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life”
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden (emphasis is mine)
I am lucky, I am a teacher who gets to spend the whole summer off with my child. I want the summers of the future to conjure up the magic and memories of summers of the past. I want the Munchkin to feel like summer is a time for fun and exploration, for adventures, and marrow sucking. I want her (and me) to enjoy summer; I don’t want to look back and think I’ve “wasted” the gift that summer brings.