Summer days continue their inexorable creep toward the start of school. The kids and I are definitely thankful for the haven of the swimming pool, but those days are are already giving way to preparations for school. Last summer dragged on over four months thanks to new state regulation of the school calendar, and the first day of school felt unreachable. This year the summer blew by so fast that I think I missed the whole month of June. Just as I was adjusting to the wacky idea of July, it's August. I'm definitely not jazzed about our killer hundred degree or more temperature marathon, but for now we can at least seek relief in the haven of the neighborhood swimming pool.