I think there is nothing children look forward to with greater anticipation (with the possible exception of Christmas) than summer vacation. Of course there are many reasons for this–no more pencils, no more books, and plenty of sun, swimming and popsicles, just as the tip of the proverbial, seasonally inappropriate iceberg. But the truth is that the joy of summer at its core is about the joy of freedom–sitting back and feeling the sand between our toes.
As adults we don’t enjoy summer as much because…well, WORK…and if we are parents the kids being home every day round the clock hardly qualifies as a vacation. But there is still something about the long days, open windows and barbeques that speaks to us of escaping our day-to-day doldrums, even if that just means sitting outside for lunch or cranking the Beach Boys on the drive in to the office.
I chose “Celebrations” as our July theme because that was what the month always meant to me when I was growing up. Apart from a big family reunion we always had on the 4th, July is riddled with family birthdays (including my own) and my parents’ wedding anniversary. So I think of this month in particular not only when I think of celebrating but also when I think of having wishes-comes-true.
It’s safe to say everybody needs a break now and then and summer is the ideal time for this to happen. When I took over as Editor-In-Chief of OTV last November I kind of hit the ground running, and as the months have passed Shareen and I together have come up with our own “wish-list” for the site that we would like to take time to address. So OTV will take a mini-break for this first week of July while our country celebrates Independence Day as we redecorate and spruce the joint up to our standards.
We want to wish our wonderful readers and writers alike a happy summer full of sunshine and everyday miracles. We will be celebrating life with you when we return on July 10th. In the meantime, go ahead and luxuriate in the lazy, hazy, crazy days–make some memories to share and remember–these are the good old days!