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As summer races to an unfortunate close with the start of August, it’s now or never to take the time to savor the things that make the season so great.

I’m sure lots of things come to mind. For me, summer is beautiful sunny days — some just right, some a little too humid — and keeping cool in a pool while avoiding sunburn. Speaking of keeping cool, sipping on ice cold drinks, enjoying sweet ice cream and juicy fruits like honeydew and watermelon also come to mind.

Thoughts of food in summer means forgoing cooking indoors and firing up the grill for a cookout complete with all the fixings — salads and such — and eating, as my kiddos and I call it, “al fresco,” or outdoors. At long last, we purchased a five-piece patio set in mid-June and have enjoyed many a brunch and dinner on it. It’s a nice change of pace and a way to enjoy the scenery as the sun heads to the west for another’s days rest.

In between feasting on pizza and wings Saturday evening (OK, not from the grill. We ordered!), I watched my son and daughter run around the grassy yard in their bare feet. It took me back to my own childhood and those summer days where my sisters and I would forgo our flip-flops and sneakers to romp in our vast backyard sans shoes.

Big deal, right? Yeah, you could say that. In a way, it is.

Nowadays, it seems that we’re so conscious about dirt, germs and even injuries. Think about children heading to daycare facilities, school and other playground and/or athletic activities. Flip-flops and sandals are forbidden for fear of injuries, and rightfully so. It’s such a litigious society we live in — sorry, sad but true.

OK. Wear the required footwear when needed. But once you hit home and your environment enables it, kick off your shoes with your kiddos. Run through the grass. Splash through the puddles. And at the end of the day, kick back and relax on the lounge chair or at a spot by the fire pit. It won’t be long before the flip-flops, sandals and other summer footwear — including bare feet — will have to retreat into socks, sneakers, other shoes and boots as the weather turns chillier.

What do you think? Do you dare to let your kiddos go bare in the summer — barefooted, that is? Share your thoughts in the comment section.