Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Summer fun

I think one of the best things about summer is the chance to get whole bunches of people together to celebrate and have fun.

Independence Day was a few weeks ago, so that meant my family threw a big party. (You're all invited next year, so email me if you plan to come, and I'll tell the guard at the community gate to let you in.)

I think it is much smarter to have a few really big parties a year than to entertain regularly throughout the year. Plus, people feel so guilty coming for so long a day that they always bring a lot of food, and I don’t have to cook much. I just try to have a lot of ice, paper products, drinks, and meat for sandwiches. I’m prepared with large cans of baked beans should my guests let me down. We set up tables in the basement, and everyone puts their food out as they come. This way we can have another helping every time a family arrives.

My husband will greet you and tell you where to go, as I’ll be floating in the water with my good friends discussing classical literature or current events.

Every one just sits in the backyard and visits. It never rains, and even if it did, no one would care because we are already wet from swimming in the lake. Last year we had a flag burning to properly dispose of our tattered flag. This year our flag was in good shape, so we’ll have to wait until 2009 to burn it.

It may sound hard to have 30-50 people over for 8-10 hours and two meals, but we have found it a great way to make the whole family clean cobwebs from decks and porches and wash bird droppings off furniture in preparation. Plus, it’s a great chance to share our love of life with lots of people at the same time.

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate summer?

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