Permission to be Lazy

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen

I love this quote from Sam Keen, American author, professor, and philosopher, since I can relate to anything that gives me permission to be lazy.

As we enjoy the “deep summer,” the highlight for many Scripps Ranch residents is the annual Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) 4th of July Parade. Thousands of people gather on the parade route with family and friends to start off their holiday in Scripps Ranch style.

Kids play together, friends have a chance to catch up, and you run into people you haven’t seen in months! It’s all just part of the 4th of July fun.

All the day’s activities, as well as the parade route map, are on pages 34–35. Don’t miss this beloved community tradition, happily hosted by the SRCA!

Just a reminder, police ask that you do not place your blankets or chairs on the sidewalks prior to 6 am on July 4. It can block pedestrian walkways and force them into the street, which is obviously dangerous. Thank you!

By now we’re all aware of the tough water restrictions we must follow. Some of you may be thinking about replacing your grass with drought-tolerant plants, rocks, or artificial turf. Starting in July, the city has a rebate program that you may be able to take advantage of. Turn to page 13 for more information.

As you may know, Councilmember Mark Kersey has area representatives in his office. For the last four years, the Scripps Ranch rep has been Tiffany Vinson. Her responsiveness, intelligence, and positive attitude has made her a friend to many in our community. Those attributes also got her a new job…with the city’s Office of Homeland Security!

While we’re thrilled for her, we will miss her. But there’s good news—she loved Scripps Ranch so much that she moved here and became an SRCA district representative. Congrats, Tiffany, and you’ve earned the right to be lazy…for a day! You’ll see many groups and individuals sing her praises in this Newsletter because she endeared herself to many in our community. I’m ready for that glass of wine on your balcony!

As you age, there’s a unique way for you to stay in your home, yet get some help. Scripps Ranch residents are eligible for ElderHelp’s HomeShare program. More details are on page 7.

Moving from the oldest in our community to some of the youngest, here’s information for families with kids starting kindergarten or transitional kindergarten in September. All of the Scripps Ranch elementary schools have playgroups over the summer so kids could meet their classmates. It’s such a good idea and should help make the transition easier. Check the Schools section starting on page 27.

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch High School Falcons women’s softball team—the CIF Division 1 champs! Way to go, ladies! Read about their magical season on page 25.

We have two exceptional feature stories on which we shine our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch. On page 36, see the tremendous gift a group of grateful parents gave to one special teacher. Then on page 37, meet a “Dynamic Duo” who give so much to our community. This couple certainly has permission to be lazy!

While I encourage laziness during the summer, it can get boring! So after you take time to relax, how about finding a worthwhile volunteer opportunity to help others. There is such a variety in our Volunteer section on page 57 that we’re certain you’ll find one that interests you!

I was thrilled when summer arrived! My junior had a challenging sophomore year, and I hear junior year is even worse! But I’m not going to think about that—really!—and give myself and my family permission to be lazy and recharge our batteries. I hope your summer is filled with lots of fun and relaxation!

Gloria Tran, Editor