#SOL18 My Summer Self

My summer self does not set the alarm.

My summer self starts the day on my screened in porch, near the blue hydrangeas.

My summer self enjoys leisurely drinking a cup of coffee. 

My summer self has flip flop tan lines.

My summer self meets up with friends and family for lunch and shopping. 

My summer self reads whatever she likes.

My summer self takes my kids to camp in the morning and picks them up too.

My summer self buys my children snow cones from the ice cream truck almost every day.

My summer self can go to the movies in the middle of the day.

My summer self can enjoy the weekends without grading or planning. 

My summer self applies sunscreen often, washes beach towels every day and looks for camp shirts and bathing suits in the morning. 

My summer self is more "Mom" than teacher. 

My summer self embraces this season. 

My summer self will be packed away with the shorts and bathing suits when school arrives.

I'll look forward to rediscovering my summer self when next summer comes again. 


  1. I love this idea/topic and structure. Yes- we have summer and school year selves. Maybe it's a good thing? I can relate to so many aspects of your summer self. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. YES!!!! I completely devote my instagram in the summer to #summersusan, the person who has time to have coffee on the patio, take a long walk with the dog, watch a movie in the afternoon, and notice so much more than I do during the year. It's a gift.

  3. Me, too! In the summer, I am more Adrienne and less Ms. Gillespie.

  4. One of the joys of retirement is that I can be my summer self (or whatever season) all year long.

  5. You are singing my summer song! So fun and so true. I felt, as I read, that I was bobbing along on a raft right beside your summer self. I was just thinking today about how grateful I am for this time of freedom just to "be" and to do WHATEVER. The choices are almost overwhelming. Maybe even exhilarating. One cannot go on the steam of stamina forever; there's got to be some summer self in there, somewhere.

  6. Tan lines + snow cones = spot on. This entry also nicely tees up a follow-up slice for later about your school self, right? ;)


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