When I was a child, summer seemed so magical. Time stretched out to infinity, there was always endless fun stuff to do and best friends to do it with. As an adult, I still love summer. But I struggle to find the magic. To get those feelings of freedom and possibility back. I find myself buried under endless to-do lists, work, errands, responsibilities… Sometimes two days go by and I realize I haven’t even spent five minutes outdoors. When that happens I know I just need to head outside. I let the kids play in the sprinkler or with the hose while I sit there and just soak it all in- the warm air, the earthy smell of grass, the occasional surprise spray in the face by one of my hose wielding kids. The song of the crickets mingle with my children’s laughs and squeals to form the most relaxing, magical medley of sounds. The sun starts to sink lower and lower, the water droplets from the hose turn into a sparkling, golden spray and suddenly, I feel it- summer’s magic. For a short time, all the worries and stresses of adulthood fade away into the background and everything seems possible again. And all it takes is some fresh air and a little spray of water.