A Note from the Editor
By Jordan Sapir
August is full of excitement, sunshine and that summer feeling. I’ve always equated it to the last hurrah: the last month before heading back to school, the last of the toasty warm days, the last time to holiday. With shorter summer breaks in Germany for kids, August often marks the start of summer vacation. It’s the only time I have my children for a few weeks, free of routine. There is a certain calm for me, knowing I have no obligations, no schedule, and minimal responsibilities.
Since having children, it’s become a month of firsts. There are so many beautiful transitions and new chapters. Learning to swim, ride a bike, first summer camps, camping trips, first kisses. Now, as a mother, summer doesn’t mark the end: it marks the beginning. In the past, summer consisted of boat trips with friends, late nights and family barbeques. Now, I’m enthralled by the rooms full of laughter, grass-stained clothes, and bare feet that define my new summer feeling. We don’t have to go far for it; it’s right in our own backyard. It’s in every cuddle and in every popsicle. It’s on smiling cheeky faces and in later bedtimes. Summer, in Germany, means light and joy, fragrance and aura. It means driving to nearby lakes, biking with the wind in my hair and tiny bikes in tow, hiking, and cool nights spent in the beer garden.
This month we’re discussing that “summer feeling.” For this Über Mom, the summer is when I remember what it is to feel: to feel unburdened by child care drop offs and meetings, to have little extra helping hands in the soil, enriching our connections and bonds. It means that I have the time to sit back and observe, to learn more about my children, myself, our family and discover the little nooks that are covered by heavy woolies and gloves. I never dreamed of summer as a mother, but it’s just like I would have imagined: surreal and reminiscent of my own childhood.
I know it sounds poetic and naive. I know that having extra meals to cook, mouths to feed, chores to complete, and little to no downtime can be grueling, but look ahead. Look into the future and realize that there will come a time when the kids will be with friends, away, on their own holidays with partners. Enjoy the moments. No matter how sloppy, chaotic and overwhelming they may feel at times, they’re also magical.
Jordan Sapir, mother of two glitter-laden girls, 2 and 5, studied Journalism and International Political Science in NYC, a place she once called home. She can slaughter five languages fluently. She has worked in a newsroom or two, walked a catwalk or three, and is all for an impromptu adventure. Having traded in her Prada for pretzels, the founder of Über Moms lives in Munich, where she is a stay at home mom and studying to become a certified nutritionist. She is a mommy on a mission and wants to help fellow mothers raise healthy happy families, and beat a PR here and there.