My Summer in Lists

Today, I was reminded to be gentle with myself as a writer. My eyes discovered this invitation to create lists at just the right moment– a moment that followed days of anxiety around school reopening plans and an afternoon of writer’s block. The Sunday of Summer is still upon me. June and July brought simple joys:

Seemingly Ordinary Moments

  • Berry Picking: Family. Laughter. Blueberries. Raspberries. Raindrops.
  • Garden in the Woods: Mom. Greenery. Brooks. Bridges. Lily Pads.
  • Beach Day: Sand. Social Distancing. Sunglasses. Sam. Lemon Bathing Suit. Watermelon. Waves.
  • Game Nights: Scrabble. Scattergories. Rummy. Yahtzee.

Podcast Walks

  • Modern Love
  • Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis
  • Rise Together with Dave Hollis
  • The Michelle Obama Podcast
  • Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
  • Embrace Your Real with Julie Ledbetter
  • Code Switch

Vibrant blue hydrangeas in my neighborhood

Homemade Deliciousness


  • Stella Díaz Never Gives Up by Angela Dominguez
  • What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • Bat and the Waiting Game & Bat and the End of Everything by Elana K. Arnold
  • Count Me In by Varsha Bajaj
  • Roll With It by Jamie Sumner

I wonder how my soon-to-be middle schoolers have been spending their summer. I wonder what lists my new fourth graders will make come September.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Published by Melissa Quimby

Melissa is a 4th grade teacher in Natick, Massachusetts. She can often be found with an iced coffee and middle grade novel in hand! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram - @QUIMBYnotRamona.

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