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The Summer Illness No One Talks About

The Summer Illness No One Talks About
By Brandi White, Community Life Director | June 12, 2019

A quick internet search will tell you the most common illnesses of summer include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Swimmer’s Ear
  • Sun Stroke/Heat Exhaustion
  • Heat Rashes
  • Hay Fever
  • Eczema
  • Lyme disease
  • Food Poisoning
  • Coxsackie Virus
  • Bee Stings/Insect Bites
  • Eye Damage
  • Food Poisoning
  • Summer Colds
  • Sunburn

One illness that hit our home almost every summer was the dreaded SUMMER SICKNESS!! It usually set in after our precious blessings returned from camp or we returned from a great family vacation. It starts off slow but can come on quickly and sometimes even catches you off guard. Especially when you have spent a fortune on summer camps, vacations, staycations, pool memberships, swim lessons, playdates, summer movies, popsicles, and snacks. The list goes on and on. My kids were especially talented at finding things they needed to do and I needed to pay for. What happened to the good ole lazy days of summer? My mom would feed us and send us out, have lunch ready and send us out again. She may have even locked the door so she could enjoy her Tab in peace. We were responsible for our own summer entertainment and activities. It better not cost anything and we better not get into trouble.

One of my favorite Dr. Phil quotes is “We create our own monsters”. GUILTY. I did create two summer monsters. Especially when they were young. Now that they are older and have jobs, Summer Sickness does not hit us. What is Summer Sickness? It’s when we slowly but surely get sick of summer and sick of our family members. I always seem to be the first one in my family to catch it! Sick of my precious blessings — wanting a snack constantly, wanting to go somewhere and do something, being constantly bored, fighting with each other and NEVER being satisfied. It was exhausting. I would longingly look at the calendar and count the days until school started again. I thought I was alone until one day I saw a commercial for Office Depot and two parents were singing through the aisles “The most wonderful time of the year”…..while buying back to school supplies. I realized everyone and anyone can get Summer Sickness. Not only did I get it, but my husband would also catch a small dose of it, especially when he received our snack bar bill at our local pool hangout. We were sick of each other – my kids were sick of being at home doing nothing, I was sick of their complaining and not knowing how blessed they were to have different flavors of popsicles in the freezer.

I wish we would have had RightNow Media when my kids were growing up. It could have helped delay, or perhaps even prevent Summer Sickness. Did you know that RightNow Media offers the following programming for kids and families:

  • Silly Scriptures
  • Slugs and Bugs
  • Kingdom under the Sea
  • Adventures in Boogabooga Land
  • Gigi-God’s little princess
  • Night Owls and Early Birds
  • Monster Truck Adventures
  • Hoop Dogz
  • Holy Moly
  • Colbys Clubhouse
  • The Sugar Creek Gang
  • Bibleman
  • Science and History

And these are just a few of the 10,000 videos/movies/original series that RightNow Media offers. They also have helpful stuff for older kids and grown-ups too! Some of the topics are Parenting, Youth, Marriage, Men, Women, Small Groups, Leadership, Christian Living, Bible Finance, Mission and Outreach, History, Science, Evangelism, Recovery, Mental Health, College and Youth. This list goes on and on. RightNow Media is truly a gift. Here at St. Philip’s RightNow Media is a gift to you and your family. If you do not have access please email me and I will get RightNow Media to send you an invite to access all the great things they have to offer. Hopefully, this will keep you from catching the dreaded “Summer Sickness”. We as a family especially enjoy the ones that have you do outside activities to stretch and help you grow as an individual and as a family member in our Christian Community.