Summer Mom.

Kids, Mama, and dog had a semi half holiday last weekend in West Marin and now we are wholeheartedly longing for summer. Three arduous weeks of school left and every minute packed with activity and a year's worth of academic detritus coming home in paper bags.

Summer Mom should be here any minute. She's my favorite. Autumn Mom makes you do your homework and Holiday Mom is a little stressed out, Spring Mom has allergies, but Summer Mom? Is the best. She smells like sunscreen, has a flip-flop tan and takes you to the drive-through for milkshakes when it's too hot in the car. She lets you stay in your pajamas as long as you want; encourages it even. She'll pretty much let you climb up whatever you want. And take your picture. She isn't so strict about what you eat for dinner most nights and when you go to bed. This summer we have a new challenge - dog-friendly adventures.... We'll see how it goes.

So far: she does not love the beach.