Love, Darcy | Summer Resolutions

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Love, Darcy | Summer Resolutions

There are some things I just don’t do. Wear a baseball cap (Who am I kidding? I once swung at 50 pitches and didn’t hit one of them), go out without my makeup on (No one has done anything bad enough to be subjected to that punishment) or get my hair wet in the swimming pool (Once again, who am I kidding? I’m in there to cool off, not to give Michael Phelps a run for his money). I’m a diva! What can I say, I was born this way. This year though I am going to break one of my cardinal rules. This year I ‘m going to get my hair wet in the swimming pool! I’m going to jump off the diving board and not come up for air until I get to the other end of the pool. I’m not going to do it to prove something to myself (I learned to swim in an irrigation ditch when I was 5 and have been swimming, lifeguarding and teaching kids to swim since then). Nor am I trying to impress Tim. Goodness knows, after 38 years of marriage, it’s going to take more than wet hair to get his attention. But I am doing it to make a memory with our granddaughters. I’m fortunate to have them close by and they spend a lot of time in our pool with me. They’ve been swimming since they were guppies and now dive and stroke with the best of them. One of the things they beg me to do every summer is get my hair wet in the pool. And every once in a while, I acquiesce – reluctantly and sparingly. This year it’s going to be different. You see, our oldest granddaughter is fast approaching the threshold where the lure of spending time with her friends is going to start replacing the fun of hanging out with her grandma. I want to give her a few more memories and things to laugh about before she gets too “cool” for me. And I think the simple act of diving in and swimming under water will do just that. It’s so easy when you’re raising kids or enjoying your grandkids to get lured into thinking that things will always be this way; that the children’s world will always revolve around their home and their family. But after raising four children of our own, I can testify to the fact that it changes before you know it and there is nothing you can do about it then. And now that I am a grandmother, I‘m taking that knowledge and turning it into wisdom that motivates me to make the most of each moment of these precious young lives. Tim likes to tell people that “When it comes to parenting, the days are long but the years are short.” It’s true with grandparenting as well. So this summer, if you hear about a mild tsunami in the Scottsdale area, just know that I have followed up on my summer resolution. Here’s to groovy grandmas and blazing blow dryers, Love Darcy

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