The first bell of a new school year is history, and yellow buses filled with precious cargo dot the roads mornings and afternoons yet again. How could summer have slipped by unobtrusively? I hope you made incredible memories over the past couple of months, ones that your kids will daydream about during a lull in studies.
You can still have summer fun; temperatures and calendars give you permission to do so. Squeeze in another trip to the beach, go for a hike, pick fresh vegetables, or dance in puddles — copious amounts of those abound. Celebrate a new school year with the family, and include the following unusual holidays.
National Peach Month — Create a fresh fruit medley starring Georgia peaches. Peel, pit and chop 3 fresh peaches. Rinse 1/2 pound each of green, seedless grapes and blueberries. Rinse, hull and slice 1/2 pound of strawberries, and peel and slice 1 banana. Gently toss the fruits together and sprinkle with about 1/4 cup of sugar. In a smaller bowl, stir the juice of 1/2 a lemon and 1/4 cup of pineapple juice. Pour the liquid combination over the fruit; cover and chill overnight. Enjoy a cool bowl of fruit on a warm afternoon and read the children’s book about friendship and the beauty of nature, “Peach and Blue.”
Middle Child’s Day — Celebrate this unique holiday whether you have one, two, three or more kids in the family. See how many objects you can think of with a middle, like a sandwich, a cream-filled cookie, fingers on a hand, a book or a Bingo card. Who can come up with the most answers? The most unusual answer? After brainstorming, take the family to the middle child’s favorite ice cream venue for a treat. (But be sure to celebrate other birth orders throughout the month, too.)
Architecture Month — Do you know what the words “Doric,” “Ionic” and “Corinthian” mean when speaking of architectural design? Research online to find pictures of these types of architecture, then go for a scavenger hunt around town to locate some of the beautiful columns and architectural gems we have in Statesboro. Check out churches, banks, homes in the downtown and near-downtown area and downtown buildings and structures. Walk or drive slowly, but be sure to look up to see most of the beauty.
Air Conditioning Appreciation Week — Temperatures on most of the days this summer have been somewhat gentler than many in the past, but warmth and humidity still prevailed. Create a fun fan to celebrate the coolness of Air Conditioning Appreciation Week. Give each person a sheet of white computer paper to decorate with crayons, colored pencils or highlighters. Fold the fan, accordion-style, beginning on one of the short edges. Once the paper is completely folded, fold up about 1 1/2 inches of the bottom of the paper and push that folded part into a wooden dolly peg. Wrap masking tape or colored Duct tape around that part of the peg to keep the folded part of the fan from slipping. Hold the peg like a handle and wave cool breezes across your face in celebration of AC!
International Left-Hander’s Day — Try to do everything left-handed today. Eat, write, draw, color and cut with the left hand. Then head outside for a game of Wiffle ball or basketball, using your left hand to bat, catch or dribble. (If you have a leftie in the family, have that person use his or her right hand to play.)
Celebrate the gift of family with fun, games, crafts and time spent together. Enjoy the sunshine, celebrate the rain, and appreciate a cool morning or evening. Make incredible memories to last a lifetime, and share the remnants of summer with those you love.
Statesboro native Julie Bland Lavender is married to David Lavender and enjoys celebrating with children Jeremy, Jenifer, Jeb Daniel and Jessica.