By Phyllis J. Lubin
Â “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
As we were driving to Long Beach yesterday, I noticed this quote on a storefront, and I can certainly relate. (By the way, my eldest daughter did some research and determined that this was a quote from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.)
The summer comes but once a year. When it arrives it seems to do so in the blink of an eye: the trees suddenly bloom, the weather suddenly warms up, and we all make our traditional summer resolutions. (My usuals–this summer I am going to finally organize my closets; and, of course, due to my heightened activity during the summer, I will surely lose weight!)
We all love the summer–who wouldn’t? Kids are on school vacation, the weather is relatively tranquil, and for me the summer means being at the waterfront at Avnet Country Day.
This is my 21st summer at the waterfront, and it never ceases to be a place I enjoy. Seeing kids learning new swimming skills always makes me smile. But of course it is a bit hectic working two jobs. In the morning I am running the instructional portion of the swim program, and in the afternoon I am at my wonderful job as an attorney at Maidenbaum & Sternberg, LLP. I truly have the best of both worlds–the wonders of the outdoors in the morning and the serious stimulation indoors in the afternoon.
While the summer zips by, we are missing our two youngest children, Yosef and Lea, while they are enjoying themselves at Camp Mesorah. A wonderful tool the camp is utilizing this summer is nightly live streaming from the night activities. It gives the parents back home an opportunity to see their children in action. From the looks of things, the kids are having a great time! And with constant activity specifically designed for the kids to have fun, who wouldn’t be? I remember that when I was in sleepaway camp the night activities were either roller-skating, dodgeball, or watching the boys play basketball. Now it seems that the kids at Mesorah are doing something different every night. It reminds me of vacationers at the long-lost Grossinger’s (now I am dating myself) enjoying different shows every night.
We are all gearing up for visiting day this Sunday. It’s time for us to make the four-hour-plus trek up to camp to whisk our children off to Wal-Mart for some important summer purchases, only to get back on the road soon after to beat the traffic back home. The biggest preoccupation my husband usually has in the week prior to our 12-hour outing is determining the best route for us to take there, and which will make the most sense for the return trip. Although we have been making this trip for a number of years already, my husband always likes to create newer or better routes to make the drive more palatable. He is a wonderful driver and route planner; if I were in the driver’s seat it would take us at least eight hours to get thereÂ .Â .Â .
As Charles Bowden said, “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” Enjoy the summer; it’s here for a brief moment in time, and it is the time of year that we should all cherish!Â v
Phyllis Joy Lubin is an attorney with Maidenbaum & Sternberg, LLP, who resides in Cedarhurst with her husband, Leonard. They have six children–Naftali, Shoshana, Rivka, Rochel, Yosef, and Lea–and a daughter-in-law, Nina. The author welcomes your questions and comments at MothersMusings@gmail.com.