Bryan Adams said it best in “Summer of ’69” when he sang, “When I look back now, the summer seemed to last forever, and if I had the choice, I’d always want to be there—those were the best days of my life.” What is it about summer that makes us wish for it longingly and miss it when it’s gone? 

I’ll tell ya. The kids are out of school, families are planning vacations and everybody is swimming until our fingers and toes are shrivel like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks and barbecues—in fact, check out our Greek salad recipe for an easy and refreshing dish to bring to yours. And if you’re still deciding where to take your summer vacation, you’ll want to read what we have to say about cruising! 

Also in this issue of Franklin Lifestyle, we offer you some sights to see around Franklin if you decide a “staycation” is more your speed. When’s the last time you played tourist in your hometown? You’ll also read about some wonderful volunteer opportunities if your time allows this summer.

This issue is jam-packed with stories and ideas for summertime fun that will make you also say, “Those were the best days of my life.” 

See you at the pool friends!