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CRABS, STREET FAIRS, AND A WHIFFLE BALL GAME HOW THE APN TEAM SPENDS OUR SUMMER DAYS
“Everything good, everything magical, happens between the months of June and August.”
I’ve been crabbing since I was a little kid. My mother taught me how to crab, and we’d go out often during the summer. It’s really cool to be crabbing with my daughter now and pass the tradition on to her.
–Jenny Han, “The Summer I Turned Pretty”
We’re well into summer, and while this summer is going to be different than past summers, there is still plenty to look forward to. This month, the team at APN Physical Therapy is sharing some of our favorite summertime traditions. My favorite summer tradition is going crabbing with my youngest daughter, Talia. The best crabbing is done early in the morning, which means we have to get up before dawn on the weekends. We’ll go out to one of the local piers in the area and crab out of the bay. It’s a lot of fun to be outside when it’s nice out and to spend quality time with my daughter. If we get some nice crab, then we’ll clean them and eat them that day. They’re delicious! Of course, we have to catch enough crab to make a meal. There’s not much meat in a crab, so we have to catch at least a dozen for us to take them home. Any less than that, and it’s really not worth the effort. When we do get enough crab, I do all the cleaning and cooking outside because my wife can’t stand the smell of seafood (yet another reason why crabbing is a great summertime tradition). I used to take my older daughter, Kaylyn, crabbing when she was younger. Her favorite part was going to McDonald’s at 6 am and grabbing a coke. Now she values her sleep more than getting up early!
–Peter B. McHugh
In my family, summertime means summer pasta salads. My mom makes the best summer salads. She makes this one salad with string beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and this great homemade dressing that I don’t know the name of, but it’s amazing. Her summer salads are cold and refreshing and a great addition when the family gets together to grill. The good news is that my family gets together all the time. We’re as close as close gets. I see my aunts, uncles, cousins, parents, and grandparents on a weekly basis. During the summer, we see each other even more often. We’ll gather at one of my aunt’s houses to hang by the pool and grill. When we’re all together, there’s a good chance that we’ll play an all-family whiffle ball game. There are so many of us, and everyone plays — the young to the old — with no exceptions. We love it. Playing whiffle ball with my family is peak summer for me.
pandemic, some of the things I had planned had to be postponed. This is disappointing, but it means that my 51st birthday will have to be extra special. Throughout the summer, I also get to spend a lot of time with my dad. I have a side business that involves going to various street fairs and vendor shows on the weekends, and for the past six years, my dad has helped me with that. I’ve gotten to know him a lot better with all that one-on-one time together. Most of the events I usually attend have been canceled for the summer. This is a bummer, but it does mean that for the first time in six years, my summer weekends have opened up. I’m not sure what I’m going to do this summer, but I’m keeping my eye out for fun opportunities. –Laura Chmielewski This summer may be different than last, but it’s still a time to make memories. We wish you a fun and safe summer.
The summer tradition I most look forward to is celebrating my birthday. I was born in July, so I was one of the lucky kids who always got a summertime pool party birthday when I was growing up. This year, I’m turning the big 5-0, and that’s a big milestone to celebrate. Unfortunately, with the
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