We are halfway through July and it definitely feels like summer in the Interior. People are finding their way down to the river, making camping plans and enjoying the hot, semi-desert weather.
I for one have checked out Desert Hills Ranch in Ashcroft, been to Paul Lake at least twice, swam at Monck Provincial Park and headed down to Riverside Park for an evening out.
My daughter has enjoyed the sounds of Music in the Park (although I think she stole the show), too much ice cream and the kiddie pool at Prince Charles Park.
So why do I feel like summer — like every summer — is zooming by.
Maybe it is because I had a baby in May and part of my June was spent recovering. Or perhaps it is because I was especially excited for summer this year and how does that saying go…"Time flies when you are having fun."
It’s true, when you are having fun time just seems to go.
It feels like just yesterday I was on summer vacation watching marathon sessions of Days of Our Lives and rollerblading through Kamloops (the flat parts anyway). I could be found listening for the sound of the ice cream truck, or headed to ‘Kmart beach’ for a dip in the river.
Are there still ice cream trucks around town?
My husband and I agreed to make the most of every day we can — even if we (I) don’t feel like it.
Sometimes with the sleep deprivation of parenting, all I want to do is stay in, watch a movie and feel sorry for myself.
But then I find myself piling into the car, ordering up an iced coffee and hitting the road.
I’m sure many can relate.
I just have to remind myself that I only get each day once, that’s it. And of course it is always OK to have a ‘rest’ day.
As we near August, I know the best part of summer is yet to come. The lakes around town are warming up and somewhere near the water or in an air conditioned space is becoming more of a necessity.
I can only hope that the wildfire situation in B.C. will improve and those professionals working tirelessly to battle the flames and protect people’s homes will have some relief and get to enjoy some of their summer.
And as for the evacuees, I hope they find their way back to their homes with minimal to no damage and a renewed sense of hope that there are people looking out for them in all parts of the province.
Enjoy all that summer has to offer as you never know what could happen in the next day, hour or minute.
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