Finally, after the long and detaining school year, we are finished! We are enjoying a whole three months of summer vacation -- a whole three months of freedom!
I waited with much impatience for the school year to be over and for me to out of there. There have been many things that I've been looking forward to this summer. Here's a mere 20 of the things that I have been waiting long and wishing hard for:
1. Freedom. I was trapped in my school in all of my classes, behind desks, doing endless boring homework assignments for nine whole months. I was ready to be done after Christmas break!
2. The heat. Not going to lie, I have missed the heat that always comes with summer. We had too long of a winter, too much snow, rain, dark, dreary and cold weather. I'm ready for these bright, hot summery days.
3. Swimming. With all this wonderful heat, there's a point where standing in front of the fan just isn't enough to cool you off. That's where swimming comes in! Not only is it a fun treat, but it is also a great way to chill out.
4. My birthday. The summer is even more exciting for me because that is when my birthday is. Not just any birthday either; this will be my 16th birthday, so I guess you could say I'm pretty excited!
5. Girl's camp. This church camp is always special to look forward to in the summer, something that lets us girls get away from this crazy world. It's great to go camping for a few days just with the girls and do some fun stuff, and also to learn a whole lot of things too.
6. Yearbook camp. This year I applied to yearbook staff and made it. So I decided why not go to yearbook camp too? The camp is at the college that I just might want to go to after high school, so I'll have to chance to look into that and have fun also.
7. Lava Hot Springs. Every year my family goes camping at Lava Hot Springs where we go tubing down the river, swimming at the pool, and relaxing in the natural hot springs.
8. Independence Day. Apart from Christmas and my birthday this is my favorite holiday -- the coming together as a nation to celebrate our independence and our freedom, the fireworks and the barbecuing, the smoke in the air. Everything combined makes July 4 such an amazing holiday.
9. Staying up late. Even though I stayed up late during the school year, staying up late in the summer is different. There is a certain sense of freedom when staying up late as you choose.
10. No homework! That right there takes a load off my chest. A lot of my stress and worry was related to all the school work I had. Having no homework is so relieving and amazing it's almost unreal!
11. Seaside, Ore. With summer there come vacations and this year my family and I are going to Seaside, which we are all excited for. The beach, seashells, fishing, seafood, and everything else that comes with the sea. Family vacations are one of the best times spent in the summer.
12. Sleeping in. No more waking up at 6 in the morning! I am not a morning person, and I certainly love my sleep, so sleeping in is a wonderful gift.
13. Hanging out with friends. During the school year I didn't get to go out much. Usually I stayed home and did my homework, or baby-sat my younger siblings. At school I only got to see my friends at lunch unless they were in any of my classes. Now, with all this free time, I can see my friends and hang out with them a lot more than I could before.
14. Camping. I love camping; it seriously is one of my favorite things to do. It doesn't have to be anywhere specific, camping in my backyard alone will do.
15. Long days. The sun doesn't set until after 9 p.m., letting you do more things during the day.
16. Running through the sprinklers. Even though I'm almost 16 I still act and play like a little kid. One of my favorite things to do is run and play in the sprinklers. It also is a wonderful way to cool off in the heat.
17. Mowing the lawn. There is just something about the hard, sweaty work of mowing the lawn that I love. The way it feels, looks and smells is wonderful, along with the immense satisfaction of having done a hard job and getting such a great result.
18. Wearing summer clothes. T-shirts, shorts and sandals -- so much better than wearing boots, jeans and long-sleeve shirts in the winter. More freedom of movement, and a better chance at getting tan.
19. Going barefoot. I don't know how many times my mom has yelled at me to put shoes on, but I never listen. Having shoes on is kind of like a binding contract. Summer is all about being free, and what other way to see it through than with no shoes on?
20. Making memories. This by far is the best part about summer, the memories that you make from all the adventures, parties, shopping trips, camping expeditions, and well, just everything!
All these things, and so much more, are what I am looking forward to this summer. Let me just say, it had better be a good one!
Brynn Whaley will be a junior at Syracuse High School. Email her at email@example.com.