I love summer! Especially now, living in a region that experiences the full breadth of the seasons, summer is a long anticipated and appreciated time. School is out, barbecues are re-ignited, vacations are taken, laughter and the songs of birds can be heard as you walk the neighborhoods. It is a season that lightens my spirit and simply makes my heart happy. Watching my boys take full advantage of their summer freedom, I am reminded of how important playing is— not just for kids but for all of us. I think that is why even as adults summer is still a source of joy, because we have scheduled playtime of vacations and camping trips, fishing, and hiking.
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