A few weeks ago, I washed my daughter’s brand-new, only worn once Little Mermaid dress-up costume. It had a glittery under-the-sea pattern on its mermaid-tail skirt that was leaving a sparkly mess all over my house, so I thought running it through the washing machine would get some of the loose glitter and save me from extra sweeping. Well, I wasn’t wrong.


That afternoon, when I was transferring everything to the dryer, I made a horrifying discovery. Unlike every other piece of clothing I’ve washed that has glitter on it, this dress’s pretty under-the-sea pattern had completely dissolved. Not a trace of the seashells, waves, or Flounder was left.


I might have had a mini mommy panic attack because I knew if Alexis saw her new dress in its glitter-less state, she would have a meltdown of epic proportions. Then I did what any other mom would do. I threw the ruined costume in the trash can (hidden underneath some other trash, of course), texted the gift giver to find out where the dress came from, and then made a Target run.


That’s pretty much parenting in a nutshell. Just when you think everything is going your way and you can coast for a little while, something totally unexpected comes at you and threatens to derail your entire day, week, or even month. But as moms we don’t let those curve balls take us out of the game.


This summer, we’ll all hopefully – fingers crossed – be getting back in the game after a year spent missing out on many of our favorite things. We’ve rounded up all the ways you can play in the Wiregrass this summer in this month’s Summer Fun Guide. We’ve also got some fun ways you can Create a Summer of Magic in our May feature story.


As a kid, summer was such a big deal. It meant weekends at the lake or river, afternoons at the pool, rec baseball and softball, and maybe a family trip. As an adult, summer doesn’t hold quite the same appeal (hello, I don’t get two months off), and as a parent I now appreciate the effort my own parents put into making sure we got the most out of our time off from school.

Looking back on my childhood, I don’t remember the crises that I’m sure my mom averted on a much more regular basis than I have to (there were three of us after all). What I do remember is how she always tried to find something good in every situation. That’s a lesson I’ve kept with me, especially this past year, and it’s something I hope Alexis carries with her as she grows older.


I don’t know what our summer will look like this year. I’m sure many of you are in the same boat as we all wait to see what happens with COVID. But no matter what happens, I do hope you’ll find the best in whatever situation you find yourself.


Happy Mother’s Day to all you awesome mamas out there. In case no one’s told you lately, you’re doing a good job!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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