Many married couples have fundamental disagreements about politics, child-rearing, money. My husband and I have our share of those, to be sure, but biggest ideological difference concerns summer (aka the best season ever).
I love summer, from the first juicy peach of June to the last sticky night in September. I love the long days; the shimmering heat; the thick, soupy mornings; the heavy air at nighttime. I love the beach and berry-picking and carnival rides and Fourth of July fireworks. I love the smell of sunscreen; I love dripping ice cream cones; I love cool hunks of watermelon; I love sudden thunderstorms.
My husband does not like summer, not even a little bit and especially not in New Orleans.
“You can’t even think of one good thing?” I wheedled.
“Tomatoes,” he said.
So I asked my kids – both summer-lovers like me – to name five things they loved about summer.
- Lemonade. I love lemons, so this is my favorite thing to drink. It tastes good, and it cools you down. Plus, sometimes we have lemonade stands and make a ton of cash.
- No homework! Homework is dumb.
- No school! School isn’t dumb, but it’s hard. And all the kids in my neighborhood go to different schools, but in the summer, we all get to play together, and that’s fun.
- Swimming. I love swimming, and I think I’m going to love water-skiing when I go to camp.
- Grilling outside, like hot dogs or grilled chicken or barbecue. Eating it – not cooking it. I love to eat that stuff, but I’m not going to stand outside in the heat and cook over a fire – I’m not crazy.
1. I like P.E. at camp. Today, we measured ourselves. I am very tall.
2. I like that we get to eat ice cream because it's chocolate. Chocolate is my favorite.
3. Also I like vanilla ice cream, too.
4. Swimming is fun because I bring my floaties, and I want a round thing I can put my body in. Can I? Can I get one please?
5. Last but not least, I love chocolate ice cream.
Amen, Georgie. Me, too. With two such convincing sets of reasons – plus tomatoes! – how can anyone not like summer?