Jemelene Wilson
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Jemelene Wilson: Summer memories (and current favs)

Bright, crisp summer outfits fill my mind every year. When I was a little girl growing up in Southern California, my mom would sew new clothes for summer. Whether it was vacation bible school, a road trip to see relatives or a week at our favorite conference center, the routine rarely varied. It was like back to school without the lunch box.

I still remember swimming lessons, playing in the grass and birthdays. Within three weeks, our family has three birthdays with my dad trailing at the end of August. Summer was a three-month celebration filled with warm weather and lazy days.

This past weekend, we’ve celebrated the graduations of friends and family. My sunburn shoulders trace the sleeves of my new summer frock. Sporting my new, white sunglasses, we hit the party circuit to mingle with friends we haven’t seen in much too long. Watching these children who I’ve known since infancy (I attended the birth of one) take this step into adulthood was just one more reminder that life speeds by if we let it.

Maybe one of the charms of summer for me is in making the days last. I love lazy mornings, blankets at the band shell, my toes in the grass and plenty of time to make memories. This year, we plan to fill our guest room with family and our table with the laughter of friends. The garden is already bursting with salad greens and the promise of tomatoes and too much squash.

Of course, this is Roseburg. Graffiti weekend is practically a holiday around here. I’ll no doubt scoot in next to my husband as we cruise Jackson with the rest of the pretty cars. We’ll pull over as we see friends and let them ride the loop with us. We’ll spend an afternoon touring rest homes so the residents can enjoy the cars, too.

Those are my big plans for summer. What are you hoping to do? Share your favorite summer activities and memories with me. I may want to add them to my list, too!

Jemelene Wilson is married with two daughters and a son-in-law. Read her Tuesdays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal blog here.

I love lazy mornings, blankets at the band shell, my toes in the grass and plenty of time to make memories.


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