It wasn't the first bit of (welcome) advice I'd gotten from my neighbor, Charlie, but I remember it because it helped me realized how much I had to learn.
We were standing in the backyard admiring (well, at least I was admiring) my first vegetable garden. Things had started to sprout and Charlie spotted the green beans.
"Them there are pole beans." he said, "You need to put a pole in the ground so they can climb."
While I was well aware they were green beans, I missed the "pole" part. He was right. They needed poles to climb.
I pushed three poles into the ground and watched them twist, turn, and reach new heights every week.
The next summer he got me with a bit of a joke.
It was early July when he came out back and we greeted one another and he said, "Well, July fourth's come and gone, time to put the storm windows back on."
My eyes widened and his twinkled as he let loose a big smile and a chuckle.
It was a bit of an exaggeration, but there was some truth in what he said. Summer is fleeting. How do we make the most of it?
What are your must-have and want-to-do activities this summer?
How do you remember and squeeze in all the things you want to do?
Use Tinplate, the new activity journal.
Use Tinplate, to find inspiration, track, and record the best that summer has to offer. It's an activity journal filled with stories and prompts to boost your curiosity and encourage you to do more with the time you have between the things you have to do for the things you want to do.
It's available now!
I think you'll like it.
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