It's almost my favorite time of the year – summer! I've always loved summer, not just for the nice weather, cute clothes, and no school, but for all the exciting things that happen over the summer. My personal favorite is the wonderfully exciting summer love.
There are two kinds of summer love that seem to happen every year, and I've tried them both. A couple of times I've had a boyfriend at the end of the school year, and he is also my summer love. Other times, I've managed to end the year without a boyfriend which leaves me free and clear for adventure and meeting new people. Both are fun and I don't really have a preference for one over the other.
My Summer Boyfriend
When you already have a boyfriend, considering he is a good one, he'll be fun to have around over the summer. You already know him, so there isn't that embarrassment about saying the wrong thing or going to the beach together. You can relax a lot more with him than you could with some new guy.
Having a ready-made summer love also means you get to hang out with him and his friends without any extra drama. You have your own friends and you have his friends. Between the two groups there should be plenty of stuff going on this summer. Head to the beach with his buddies and their girls and then let off steam with your girlfriends later than night when they sleep over. It's the best of both worlds!
My Summer Flings
Sometimes being single is the way to go.
I've never had to make the choice, but I know a few friends who dumped a guy at the end of the school year because he was basically dead weight. The guy was usually nice, but there just wasn't much between them anymore, so they broke up in hopes of having more fun over the summer. I was fortunate to not have to make that choice. I just somehow wound up single, and was totally okay with it.
When you're single over the summer, you get a chance to meet new people without worrying about flirting too much or putting off the wrong vibe. If you have a boyfriend, especially one with jealousy issues, you might risk making him mad just by saying hi to other people. Without a boyfriend, you can talk to whomever you want – just be sure the guy isn't already taken if you're trying out your hard-core flirting techniques.
Some of the most fun I've had with flings have been at camps. Something about getting thrown in together with one hundred other boys and girls away from home at a sweaty hot camp just makes love blossom. Your school reputation doesn't matter at camp, and you can be free to be as silly or crazy as you'd like because you won't see most of the people again in another week anyway.
I've met a few boys at camps over the years, and they are a lot of fun to flirt with. Both of us knew it wasn't serious, but having someone to dance with and laugh with was a blast, and I've been known to kiss one or two the last night of camp. It certainly makes for fun memories.
Summer is coming, so enjoy it! Find a boy or keep the one you've got. Have a good time in the sun and remember that you should be young and carefree. You only have a few months before you're trapped back in the classroom, so make this time count!