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Tell Me a Story - Trip to the Zoo


Jessica Rolph | August 30, 2019

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ven though fall is my favorite time of year, there is still something sad about the end of Summer. Beyond the return of the school year, which can be both a blessing and a curse (hello, homework!), there’s also a feeling you get as you watch the sun setting earlier and earlier every day. People younger than myself have called it FOMO, or fear of missing out. My grandma might have said “Time’s a wastin’.” This past weekend, I drained the pool and put away the water toys in the backyard, and while I won’t miss the maintenance, packing away these Summer pastimes is bittersweet. The free hours in the evening and weekends seem more precious as we draw closer to fall, and as a result, I’ve become something of a weekend warrior.

A few weekends ago, I finally gave in to the girls and went to a nearby waterpark after visiting with the grandparents. We had not been to one all year, and it was the first weekend after starting school. They had a wave pool, which took up most of the afternoon, and sent us sailing into other patrons on a regular basis. Luckily, we weren’t the only ones tossed by the waves, and it was good time.

This past weekend, we headed to the Fort Wayne Zoo. The zoo has become something of a tradition for us every year, and we had plans to start with the lions, hit the face painting, and pet some stingrays along the way. Our favorite exhibit is the sea lions, with the tigers in at a close second. You have to jump on the train ride and spin around the carousel a couple of times, too, if for no other reason than to rest your feet for a few minutes.

And now, with the long weekend already upon us, the pressure is on to make as many memories and stretch out that Summer feeling as long as possible. But I think we’ll stick with cook outs and trips to the park this time around. Besides the energy you expend trying to hold on to those last few weekends of sunny days, you’re also pulling your wallet out more often too. These weekend adventures have been getting expensive.

So far in these stories, I haven’t written much about money. But over the past few weeks, I’ve been going through my “fun money” like the fun is going out of style come September. I love hearing stories from my friends and families, and people I meet through the bank. These are stories people are living, and they take commitment, patience, and hard work to make happen. They also take money. So while I’m all for creating memories and stories to look back on once we hit the cold months ahead, it’s also a good time to take a long look at the family budget so that the stories we want to make later don’t get derailed by lack of funds.

Now it’s time to enjoy this Labor Day weekend, and make the most of it. I’ll probably invest in some lawn games so that we can stay closer to home in the months ahead. I hope your family and friends are able to gather together, cook out, and share some stories around a bonfire. Officially, Summer is sticking around for a few more weeks, but after this weekend’s celebrations, I’ll be setting my sights on fall, a time that can be best enjoyed from your own back porch. Until next week, from First Farmers Bank & Trust, I’m Jess, and I’m listening.