By Yvonne Ortega

 Summer is here. What will you do? I consider the start of summer when school lets out. However, my question remains the same: What will you do?

If you have children or nieces and nephews out of school for the summer, you may plan to go camping. June is Camping Month. As a child, my son loved to go camping. When my parents visited us, my son said, “Grandpa, will you take me camping?” Two days later, we pitched tents at the nearest campground for the weekend. Memories of that camping trip remain dear to my heart.

June is also the Great Outdoors Month. Yes, summer is here. A picnic in the park, a cookout with family and friends, or a day at the beach can provide lots of fun. You can take squirt guns to the park or the cookout. You can build sandcastles, wade, and collect shells at the beach.

When my son was a toddler, he had a sandbox with a cover, a wading pool, and a dome climber in the backyard. He loved to play outdoors, and I enjoyed being there with him. His friends did too. One bonus about fresh air is that it uses up children’s endless energy. Fresh air relaxes the body and lends itself to a good night’s sleep.

Go for a bike ride or a walk. Fresh air can also boost your immune system. The fragrance of pine trees will decrease your stress and increase your relaxation.

Earlier, I mentioned squirt guns. I laugh when I recall the water hose fights with the neighbors. We would be outside to wash the car, and the next thing, we were laughing and drenched.

Buy a watermelon or make juice popsicles. Then sit outside with your treat. The cleanup goes faster outside, and you won’t have a sticky kitchen floor.

Luke 21:29–30: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.”

Dear God, help me plan outdoor activities and enjoy the summer. Amen.

Let me know what summer activity you will enjoy in the next week or two.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega VI.XIX.MMXVII

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