My summer (kinda) vacation

When did it get to be summer?

I, for one, am still in denial.  It can’t possibly be later than March or so.

But our summer associates have started, the kids are almost done with school for the year and it’s supposed to hit 90 degrees over the weekend.

I guess it must be summer.

When you don’t have kids, you plan fabulous vacations for yourself.  I remember those relaxing trips to the beach. But when you’re a parent, summer takes on a whole new meaning. When you’re a parent, you plan an entire summer’s worth of “vacations.” By that, I mean a patchwork of summer camps, summer programs, play dates, family vacations, and trips to the local ice cream shop.

And that trip to the beach? We tried using the MSBA’s Annual Meeting last year as a catalyst for our first family beach vacation.

It was a great idea, but It was also anything but relaxing. (I will spare you the gory details.)

What it was, though, was memorable. The kids remember it, despite the fact that they were only 2 and 3 1/2 when they went. They have asked repeatedly if we can go back to the beach again. And, yes, they also fondly remember the goody bags from the annual meeting exhibitors.

So, we will be taking the same trip again this year. I’m sure that it will still be a challenge. I’m sure that we will still come home exhausted. And I’m sure that it will be different now that the kids are a year older.

But I also suspect that it will be equally memorable this year.

And, as a parent (lawyer or not), what more could you ask for than to have a family vacation that both you and your kids remember for years to come?

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