Primer’s Summer Survival Guide 2022

Reconnect with an interest from childhood

When I was eight, I had my first bonfire at my dad’s house. I cut a handful of sticks to fry marshmallows and dusted off every five-gallon bucket we had for temporary seats. When all my friends showed up, my dad brought out seven brand new harmonicas. We each got one and we spent the night making perhaps the worst music the neighborhood has ever known.

Seven years later, I went to college, and while digging through my desk, I came across that harmonica. Over the next few years, I became good at purring, blocking and all that jazz. But then I got married, had kids, and the harmonica came back in the drawer. This summer, it’s coming out again, and let me apologize in advance to my neighbors for the unrestrained noise coming from my porch. I’m getting it back.

They say that when you are in your thirties, you either become really into brewing your own beer, or you become a history-interested civil war. Honestly, none of them interest me and I am not able to pick up a new convertible or buy a lake house.

Sometimes the best way to enter a new season is to intentionally revisit a childhood hobby or passion. I pick up the harmonica. What were you up to as a child? Maybe it’s time crack up the old comicsstart kicking the football around, or walk buy yourself a new Lego set, seriously. This summer, you can revive something fun and inexpensive from your past solely for your own pleasure.

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