Do you remember when you were a kid and you used to count down the days until school was out for summer vacation? It started to get warm, and you would start to get excited.
You had all these big plans for summer, whether you were a young kid looking forward to day camp or whether you were a teenager looking forward to summer camp or to college. Whether you were going to work as a lifeguard at the neighborhood pool or you were just going have so much fun hanging out with your friends, you just couldn't wait for that three-and-a-half-month summer vacation.
Summer used to be such magic. The anticipation and the feeling that you felt every day was special. No school. Going to bed later. All of it.
When I was in the third grade, we spent the summer out in the Hamptons. It was beautiful. I remember Gregory Seltzer and I running around and swimming all day long. We used to go deep into the ocean. I remember what it felt like deep into the ocean at that stage in my life.
I remember swimming out there, and then running back on the beach to make a beard in the sand. Then I'd shave my sand beard with a clamshell. Now, as an adult, I can't stand shaving. I wish I never had to shave.
I remember all the magic. I remember all the traditions we had.
I would also go away to summer camp and spend almost the whole summer with friends there. It was so much fun. Then I'd come back, and we'd spend time as a family in the Hamptons.
My Grandmother had a house out in Hamptons Bay. It was on the water and absolutely beautiful. At the end of the summer, we used to go to go there.
The very last night we would have a lobster dinner. I remember picking up the lobsters at Tully's, a seafood store in Hampton Bays, and all the anticipation about that dinner -- cracking them open and sitting down to that last big dinner before going back to school.
I would sit there and wonder (now, please don't laugh) if I would be the tannest or blondest kid in school on the first day. I was always working on my tan or letting my hair bleach out from the sun.
Summers used to be so carefree. Now as adults, what do we do?
We take a week off -- maybe two -- and that's it. The rest of the time, we work.
Summer nights aren't magic anymore. We need to recapture that feeling that we had as a kid.
What is your favorite summer memory? What is your most incredible summer memory? How can you get back that magic?
Wouldn't it be great if your boss let you out of work every single day at 3 p.m. just because it was summertime? What if everyone's boss let them out of work at 3 p.m. every day of summer, and everyone could go out and play tag? Maybe you could go out and have a color war like you did at camp, or go to the neighborhood pool and play Marco Polo.
Maybe we should institute that. Maybe I should ask President Obama and Congress to make that a law, i.e., that in July and August all businesses must close at 3 p.m. so that all adults can act like kids again.
Why do we need to be so old? Why do we need to act like adults? Why can't summer be magical like it once was?
As I'm writing this blog on a Monday sitting with my wife in Palm Springs, I am realizing how amazing summer truly is. I want to have that amazing summer feeling back that I had when I was a kid. So I think if we all get together and maybe sign some type of petition to enact that 3 p.m. summer rule, that we can get that magical summer feeling back.
For those of you who are single, imagine all the great dates you can go on if we get this 3 p.m. summer law passed. Imagine all the amazing people you can meet when go to the adult summer camp at 3 p.m. after work, and get to go on a "social."
I remember socials at summer camp. They were so much fun. Boys on one side and girls on the other. It was so much easier than speed dating.
Anyway, I think we should pass this blog on to President Obama and see what he can do to make this 3 p.m. summer law happen. I think this could be something that could really work!
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