Haven Magazine - - LIFE -

Oh sum­mer… The heat. Head­ing to the beach and lov­ing your friends who have a pool. The af­ter­noon and evening storms. The way you can feel it build and then fi­nally the rain breaks and there’s relief from the suf­fo­cat­ing hu­mid­ity. The kids, out of school, run­ning around, noises fill­ing the neigh­bour­hood as they chase the day away. New games cre­ated, old games found (fi­nally that toy they’ve lost all year has been found un­der the bed dur­ing a hide-and-seek marathon). Then there's the time spent to­gether lead­ing up to Christ­mas. The ex­cite­ment of Santa. The lists, the cir­cles in cat­a­logues, watch­ing their eyes widen when they see the houses all done up in lights. Just time spent do­ing noth­ing, but be­ing able to spend it to­gether - a pile of hu­mans, fi­nally all to­gether with­out work or school hours in the way. The air con pump­ing. The elec­tric­ity bill go­ing up un­til we al­most have to sell a kid­ney to af­ford it. The hor­ri­ble feel­ing when you re­alise you didn’t put more wa­ter and ice in the fridge. The stinky, hor­ri­ble feel­ing that you might never feel com­fort­able again in your skin. The sweat cover­ing your fore­head, your back, your top lip, run­ning down your arms. And then be­fore you know it, you’re chas­ing the best fire­works and try­ing to de­cide if it’s re­ally worth go­ing out on the busiest night of the year. Do we stay in? We do this ev­ery year! Could we be both­ered? Will we even make it to mid­night? What time is the bot­tle shop open? I hope your sum­mer school hol­i­days are a great time spent to­gether, as crazy as I am sure they will be. I hope you en­joy some time with your fam­ily and also have some time to re­flect on what a year it has been! I hope you also have a won­der­ful Christ­mas and an equally won­der­ful start to 2019.

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