As we take to our back yards, pools, and parks to celebrate American Independence Day [or Good Riddance Day for at least some of our British cousins], we want to wish all of you a very happy summer season.* It’s time for watermelons, barbecues, and family vacations. There’s probably even a good dose of game convention time for some of you, too.
Whatever it is you’re getting up to this year, please take a minute and do it safely. Wear some sunscreen. Keep your picnic foods at proper temperatures. Obey pool rules. Don’t hold lit fireworks in your mouth.** Watch for ticks.
None of these things are particularly challenging, and many of them can make a great deal of difference in preventing something unfortunate from happening. As much as I wish you all the care-free fun that summer can bring, I truly hope to see you at the end of it, none the worse for wear.
Now, go. Have some fun. Make some memories.
*Yes, I am aware that some of you are south of the equator and aren’t so much having summer right now as winter. I hope you’re having a lovely time of it wherever you are, whatever season you’re having. Truly.
**Seriously, this is a problem every single year in my family.