Greek chicken kabobs - Hillsboro Banner: Food

Greek chicken kabobs

By Alyssa Short | Posted: Friday, July 12, 2019 6:00 am

When I was a kid, I spent countless hours outside each summer day.

My friends and I would rush over to each other’s houses – usually waiting until at least 8 a.m., as per our mothers’ orders – and then we’d hop on our bikes and race off to enjoy our day.

My sister’s friend Emily lived just a few houses away and my best friend Jamie was down the road a few blocks, so the four of us often played together. We’d explore the streets and alleys of Wimbledon, N.D., occasionally stopping at the playground or the park. A little closer to home we’d organize games of kickball in our yard, build cities in the sandbox or make a fort out of the chokecherry tree by the garage.

Those long summer days weren’t long enough for all the things we wanted to do.

But as I got a little older, probably around 10, I stopped enjoying summer weather.

It was around that age that I discovered novels – and humidity and mosquitos – and suddenly the great indoors held all the advantages in my mind.

I’m still of that opinion, decades later. I can appreciate a nice, mild summer day from time to time, but in general, I stick close to the climate-controlled indoors during the summer, and tend to close the blinds to block the harsh rays of the sun.

Of course, as a parent, I’ve tried really hard not to pass along any of my psychoses to my 9-year-old; kids that age should be racing around town on their bikes and heading to the playground as much as possible.

But my son is a little more advanced than I was; at age 4, he informed me that “Unless you’re in a swimming pool, there’s no point in being outside in summer.”

And I chuckled in early May when my son brought home a sheet from school titled, “My favorite part of summer is …” In the blank that followed, my kiddo had written, “Staying inside.”

I’m not sure if that’s nature or nurture – either way I probably owe my son an apology – but it’s a good thing we have the hubby. He takes care of the lawn and garden, walks the dogs most of the time, runs our errands and mans the grill, like cooking up these quick chicken kabobs.

I hope all you hot weather fans are enjoying your summer.

If you need us, the kiddo and I have the air conditioner cranked, and we’re snuggling under blankets, watching movies and dreaming of winter.

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