As sum­mer­time rolls around and thoughts drift to af­ter­noons at the beach or by the pool, sum­mer camp, va­ca­tion ad­ven­tures and other pas­times, it’s im­por­tant to take a mo­ment to re­flect on the past year – the past school year, that is.

De­spite the fact that my chil­dren are in col­lege and their aca­demic years are trun­cated sig­nif­i­cantly from the high school days, I still tend to mea­sure a year from Septem­ber to June. Old habits die hard.

I think back to a year ago as my tearfilled eyes watched my daugh­ters process through their grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies. The triplets did not all at­tend the same high school, so we got very lucky that there were no con­flicts. Even the weather was on our side! I was so proud of them as ev­ery par­ent is when they watch their son or daugh­ter com­plete this rite of pas­sage from child­hood to adult­hood.

My hus­band, Bill, was busy try­ing to cap­ture the mo­ments with his cam­era. He has al­ways been the one to chron­i­cle pre­cious fam­ily events from the mo­ment the girls were born. If it had been left to me, we’d have barely a hand­ful of images in­stead of the thou­sands we now pos­sess.

This June should be a tran­quil one with no spe­cial events to plan at the Dug­gan house. But, for many par­ents, the month will be filled with grad­u­a­tions and other cel­e­bra­tions as their chil­dren move on to the next chap­ters in their lives.

There’s some­thing truly won­der­ful about the lazy days of sum­mer, when life slows down and fam­i­lies get to en­joy one an­other. This is the perfect time for (201)

Fam­ily to re­lease the re­sults of the an­nual Read­ers’ Choice Awards. There are so many fun things to do and places to eat and shop – more than enough to oc­cupy your sum­mer. Hope you en­joy.

And, for all of the dads out there, Happy Fa­ther’s Day! ❖

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