I believe that summer was made for adventuring. For long walks to find treasures like dirty bottlecaps and rocks that shimmer and shine in the sun.
I believe that red popsicles and juicy watermelon are the best treats for hot days and that backyard barbecues taste better when shared with friends.
I believe the smell of sunscreen on my boys after a long day of outside play is what heaven will smell like.
I believe in sunkissed noses and sand-covered toes. That salty, ocean air breezes are the best kind. And day trips to the coast are best when they end with cold root-beer and freshly fried shrimp.
I believe in plastic pools and sprinklers and cheap waterguns and that getting wet in summertime should happen every day.
I believe in fireworks and cakes decorated like American flags and celebrating freedom with friends and cheeseburgers.
I believe in slow mornings and pancakes and staying in pajamas because you have no need for an agenda.
I believe in Texas sunsets, lit up all violet and fuchsia and turquoise at night. That they are best experienced when shared on the front porch with someone you love and there is no need to speak because the sun always does all the talking for you.
I believe in staying up late to watch movies, snuggled up on sleeper-sofas, blankets and pillows piled high. In reading books and making up stories and drawing pictures on soft construction paper, markers bleeding through.
I believe in ice cream cones, and sticky sweetness dripping on tiny fingers.
I believe in the sound of cicada bugs and boys who play basketball in the street. In riding bikes and swim lessons and learning how to tie your shoes.
I believe in trips to the library and turning off cartoons. In practicing math and memorizing Bible verses and sending handwritten letters to friends.
I believe that everyone should know what it's like to play in a summer rain shower.
I believe that strawberry margaritas taste better outside. That laughter is served best with fresh salsa and crispy tortilla chips and the faces of women who get you completely.
I believe in sidewalk chalk and pictures of rainbows and stick figures and messages written about love and family. In bubbles blown, popped, chased and caught.
I believe in summer. In the magic of long days and laughing with your children. Yellow butterflies and blue skies and white dandelions. Wishes ready for the making.