Compass: Hello, Summer

Hello! This is the last Compass article of the school year but don’t worry, that means that summer is right around the corner! Soon enough, warm weather will surround us while we swim in the pool and sip lemonade. We’ll have more time to work and earn money and spend time with friends. In honor of summer, I won’t recall a travel memory. Instead, I’ll talk about what I’m looking forward to this summer.

One of my favorite things about summer is having a bonfire late into the night with friends, s’ mores, and blankets. Bonfires are one of the things in summer that time seems to have no influence on; nothing else is important and it doesn’t matter how long you spend talking, time just doesn’t exist for those few hours. I would have a bonfire every night of the summer if I could.

Another summer experience that I love eating ice cream outside on a hot day. You can feel the cold sinking in your body. It’s like on a cold day when you eat soup, but just the opposite.

One of my favorite summer feelings is walking into an air-conditioned room after sweating from being outside. I can always feel the heat dissipate from my body and I feel refreshed. It’s one of the best feelings.

I love wading in the water with friends. I love running around in the shallow water, playfully splashing my friends, and laughing so hard. Or hopping around large rocks in the water is fun. I don’t love swimming in deep water, but I enjoy wading and playing in the sand. I’m not good at sand castles or any sand architecture that requires talent, but some times laying on the warm sand as I run some through my fingers is all it takes to make me happy.

This summer I’m looking forward to Family Camp with my family and friends. Also, in about a month, I am leaving with other students from my church and we are going on a missions trip. These are things that I have planned, but I am looking forward to them nonetheless. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has things like camp and trips to look forward to this summer.

There are always spontaneous events that take place during the summer, like an impromptu sleepover or dinner with friends. The nice thing about summer is that not everything needs to be planned. I like to spontaneously go to the park with my younger brothers, especially this year since I have my driver’s license. There’s always something to do.

In closing, I would like to say thank you to everyone who read my column this year. I have loved writing for you and I hope to see you next year. This summer, use bug spray, lather on the sunscreen, and be safe. I hope you have a wonderful summer, whatever you do! Thank you for traveling the country with me these past few months!