When the girls were little, people would tell us that someday they would sleep all day if we'd let them. We always just smiled that tired smile people give when they really don't believe you. Yet, this past year, it really happened.
Some days they only get out of bed because we force them to do it. Some days they get out of bed, go to an activity and then take a nap. It's really funny to watch them talk about how tired they are after sleeping for twelve hours. It's how summer should be for teenagers.
We recently saw a friend whose daughter is headed to UCLA this fall. She said that she wasn't going anything this summer. She was sleeping late, hanging out with friends and sleeping some more. As she rightly pointed out, the summer between high school graduation and freshman year of college was her last opportunity to be an irresponsible teenager. Once she started college, she'd be competing for internships, research projects and other "adult things."
The girls are just starting high school, but we see those things in their future as well. This summer is their opportunity to have fun before the rush starts in a few weeks.