Now is the time to remember the things you did well and the things you don’t want to repeat again next summer. I’m a big fan of lists and notes to myself for the future.
Lessons I’ve learned this summer: I want to remember to never schedule one long trip with only one day in between another long trip. Also, to confirm and double-check all camps and dates and even plane tickets. So yes, my daughter and I showed up at the airport on a Saturday when our flight was actually on Sunday. The baggage handler at curbside check-in asked me if I had trouble checking in online, and I said yes. He said that’s because your flight is tomorrow. Oops, big mistake. Can you imagine two days in a row up at 5 am with an eight-year-old off to the airport for an all-day flight? It was a bummer, unfortunately not my only blunder this summer. I messed up a couple of my daughter’s camps and donated her new ice skates, instead of the old ones.
I once said when starting this business that I had hoped to be able to have my cake and eat it, too. Well, I may have messed up quite a few things this summer, but we still managed to have an awesome summer and did further the business, even if slowly.