As it seems that summer may actually be starting, no doubt we are all looking forward endless summer evenings sitting sipping Prosecco in the garden with our children neatly tucked up in bed and by day, seamless trips to the park/beach/theme park with sparkling happy children and not an unhappy moment in sight because when it’s sunny and warm, everyone is happy, right?!
Well, I can tell you that, in my world, there are a few things to look forward to it but let’s face it… it will never be the wonderful thing that we hope it will be.
The miserable reality of summer
- When I pull my summer clothes out of the wardrobe, it will all comes flooding back to me. Last summer I didn’t buy new clothes as I swore that I’d loose weight before this summer. I still haven’t lost the weight, so I still have no clothes that I like that fit – darn, blast and bugger!
- Skirts… they are unhelpful! Before kids, they were pretty and flouncy. After kids, they are the devils creation for assisting me in flashing my pants to the rest of the park/beach/farm yard (delete as appropriate). With a toddler in tow, there is no politely holding a skirt down as one potters around, there is only squeezing it between ones thighs, bending down to help/grab the child and a gust of wind!
- Tempting sunshine that draws me into the garden of an evening, with my marking. It will always be too breezy for paper and it will always blow half way across the garden.
Don’t get me wrong, there will always be lovely bits
My sunny reality
- Ice cream stops on the way home from work are absolutely and totally necessary and wholly justifiable. I love stopping for a cheeky Magnum, the champagne one rocked my world last summer.
- Flip flops allow me to ditch the boots and get my toes out for the world to admire/steer away from! Hello, fresh air. Unfortunately, it adds another element of personal maintenance…painting toenails!
- Messy/tousled hair rocks my world! It dries naturally in the sun/warm, I twirl my straighteners through a couple of times and hey presto, it counts an actual hair do! It’s a summer version of the mum bun!