Today is the last day of school for my son. That means as of 12:30 PM, it is summer. Such an auspicious occasion needs something to start it off right, so I always take the kids out for lunch, wherever they want to go, the noisier, the better. And we always have ice cream. Always.
This isn’t some fancy undertaking, or even something out of the ordinary for our family, but it is the continuation of a simple tradition my mom and dad began with my brother, sister, and I as kids. We’d hug our friends goodbye, jump in the car, and head off to eat greasy hamburgers and frozen treats, usually at the local ice cream parlor. It made us feel special, a reward for a school year of hard work and a celebration of the fun to come. So a gladly carry on this little ritual because I know how happy it made me as a kid, and now I know how happy it makes my kids. We’re all excited about the months ahead full of barbecue, corn on the cob, fresh peaches, and popsicles. But for now, we’ll kick it off like this. Let’s go, Summer.
Do you have any food traditions for kicking off the summer?
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