Kicking Off the Summer

This is the weekend that marks the beginning of the summer and most of us are still doing the same thing… quarantining. Every year, we all look forward to the summer months; the food, the festivities, the weather, the fun. This year however, we don’t have as much free access to all of our favorite things. Still battling corona, we are very much faced with how to make the most of this summer while staying safe. I’ve come up with a few ideas.

One thing I notice every time I go to Walmart is that all of the art suppliers are usually gone; shelves that people used to walk past without a glance are completely empty. It’s like everybody has picked up on the fun of painting and other art. That’s not an entirely bad thing though. Everyone obviously loves a good paint and sip. So this summer, try to go to a park, bring your art supplies and your friends, and engage in a good time. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and see some fresh faces and still have fun enjoying this season.

Another thing that is gaining some popularity again is the drive in movies. You can bring your own food, sit in your own car, and still get theater like experiences. One thing that I did growing up was getting to the movie before the sun went down. Not only is it a good way to get a decent spot, but it’s also a chance to socialize with other patrons or friends, eat your food, or even play outdoor games like catch and hopscotch. This is a great summer to get back in touch with our inner children.

Speaking of inner children, this may be a good time to get to know your neighbors. Everybody is at home and it’s usually easier to be festive when your neighbors aren’t complaining. Now is a great time to get creative and do activities that are inclusive of those closest to you. For example, if you stay in a house, it may be a great idea to get all the neighbors on your block together for an outdoor block party; it gives space to social distance and a chance for everyone to be involved. If you live in an apartment or townhouse, you may be able to get a neighborhood function together; maybe one person with a projector and one person with a screen, or use the wall of the buildings and set up a drive in right outside your building.

There are plenty of things to do and stay safe. My favorites include picnics, nature walks/trails followed by food, and movies. This summer will be a memorable one regardless of what we do with it, why not fill it with intimate memories other than just the ones that’ll go down in history due to this pandemic. We’re living through times that are unprecedented for us, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let the virus take control of our lives and experiences. Let’s make summer 2020 exactly what we expected it to be: AMAZING!

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