Nothing Sweeter Than Summertime.

“There’s a wild, wild whisper blowing in the wind, calling out my name like a long lost friend. Oh I miss those days as the years go by, oh nothing sweeter than summertime.”

American Honey by Lady Antebellum is by far one of my favorite country songs. I might even go so far as to say it’s my favorite summer anthem. This song takes me back to memories of sitting around a bonfire, driving with the windows down, laying on a beach laughing with my friends and sitting out on a patio on a warm summer night.

This song reminds me of this past summer (summer 2011 was absolutely amazing – I met the BF, lived with two of the funnest girls I know and had a killer internship) but this song also brings me back to the summers of my childhood. Running barefoot in the grass, swimming at night in my best friend’s pool, catching fireflies, entire summers filled with softball games, popsicles and trying to keep up with my brothers (since they were older and sooo cool.) I guess this songs reminds me that no matter how old you get, no matter how bad the winter was, no matter how much you think you’ve changed — the simple joys of summer can bring you back to where you belong.

No wonder I have seasonal depression. Summer is by far my favorite time of year, the memories associated with it are so sweet and so pure.

The BF and I made a quick sketch of a summer bucket list the other day, so I’ve been thinking about summer memories a lot. Starting this weekend, my summer 2012 activities kick into full swing and I cant wait to live and be a part of the memories made this summer. It all starts this Friday when I get to see this little cutie at Blossom Music Center…

Brad Paisley!

I’m going to the concert with the BF and two of my roommates and we’re meeting the girls from high school there. Yes, I am not above drinking in a field in a flannel shirt on the back of a tailgate. This is what country music and summer is all about!

The following weekend is my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party followed by a full-out family reunion the next weekend for the actual wedding. After that is a blur of 4th of July parties, fireworks, the Tree City 5K, the BF’s family reunion, a concert at Rocking on the River, my last friend to turn 21 (complete with a party bus to Cleveland), Party in the Park, the Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney concert, a weekend trip to Put-N-Bay, Cedar Point and oh ya my college GRADUATION!

In the back of my mind I think about graduation and becoming an adult — you know getting a real job, becoming super responsible, having my life figured out… Before I know it August 11 will be here. Does graduation suddenly mean I’m an adult and can’t enjoy summer anymore? No. I’ve come to understand that I have forever to grow up and become an adult and worry about the future. In a quote from the TV show “How I met your mother” I’m going to let future Cassandra worry about the future. So for now I’m going to enjoy all the simpleness and joys that summer has to offer, and it starts by drinking a margarita on my back patio right here, right now.

Yep, there really is nothing sweeter than summertime and the memories attached to it, but more importantly are the people who share in and are a part of those memories.

Happy summer, happy girl. Keep running!

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