April Moments

Maybe, just maybe, telling the story is just as important as the story itself

Ah, summer!

The first official day of summer is this Sunday, which is also Father’s Day.

When I am getting ready for work in the mornings, I can feel a cool, pleasant breeze blowing through the open windows as the birds sing.

When I drive by the local pools, children are playing and splashing as they enjoy their summer freedom.

And, after every lunch and dinner, I think about eating a Dairy Queen treat so much that it nearly makes me crazy. I must take after my dad in this area. A few days ago, I actually said to him, “Don’t you just want to eat Dairy Queen every day in the summer?”

He furrowed his brow and shot me an inquisitive look. “Heck, I want to eat Dairy Queen every day even when it’s not summer.” Truth be told, so do I, but I figured this craving is more acceptable in the summer.

As I prepare for my summer break from work, I am both yearning for it and dreading it at the same time. I can hardly wait for our family trip to Cedar Point. The last time we took Elliot to CP, one of my favorite places in the world, he was three months old. Now, I’m eagerly awaiting the smiles “America’s Roller Coast” will bring as he enjoys the kiddy rides and dives into the water park.

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Mimi and Elliot at Sunset Beach last summer

We also plan to hit Sunset Beach in Claysville, Pa., and Chuck E. Cheese in Bridgeville, Pa. – these among many play ground and shopping trips, I’m sure. Elliot actually thinks riding in his stroller while we shop is fun!

The downside of summer goes back to ice cream. If you read my recent two-part “Disgusticified” blog, you know that I have issues with food. While I am working on my emotional eating battle and making some (slow!) progress, my cravings are especially apparent in the summer.

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Elliot at Memorial Park in St. Clairsville last summer

Being away from my work routine often leads me to incessant and, unfortunately, thoughtless eating. We tend to sleep in; I often skip breakfast and eat a late lunch. All of these bad habits combine to make me a ravenous, emotional eater in the afternoons and evenings.

Despite the free-spiritedness of summer days, I know I will have to work extra hard to discipline myself. Otherwise, I really will eat ice cream every day. In any case, the regularity of my work schedule will be back in August.

Originally published on ovparent.com.

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