I don’t know about you, but I have southern roots that grow deep. I love the summertime and sitting on the patio with my best girls, talking the night away with refreshing beverages.
I grew up chasing fireflies barefoot, usually in my best Sunday dress, and staying outdoors with my friends until suppertime. Back then, summer involved independent adventures around the neighborhood with my friends, discovering new creeks and creating outdoor forts for our new clubhouse spot for the week. Our parents never worried, as they were the ones that insisted we get outside and play. I remember the awe of watching fireworks that seemed to last the entire month of July, and the ubiquitous aroma of backyard cookouts around the neighborhood.
In this day and time, however, I struggle to see so many of our children staying inside and, instead of making memories like mine, whiling away the hours with electronic gadgets.
That said, I am grateful and encouraged to see all the exciting activities scheduled to take place in our city this summer. Already there have been outdoor concerts, movies and festivals with more yet to come. Be sure to check out the Lifestyle Calendar toward the back of this issue for more ideas about fun things to do.
July is also the month that we open the voting for The Best of Franklin!
Last year’s response was tremendous as our neighbors logged on and voted for their favorite local businesses. Please be sure to show your support again this year, and look for the results to be published in September. We all appreciate your continued support!
Voting starts July 1 at BestOfFranklin.com.