I long for summer vacation all year long. It’s what keeps me going through the long, homeschooling days of the dark winter and messy spring. As much as I long for summer, when it comes, it takes awhile to get into the rhythm.
Nine months of the year is busy and scheduled most of the time. I almost don’t know what to do with myself once summer strikes. Sure, I have my lists (seems a mile long some days) of projects and de-cluttering that I don’t have the time or the energy over the school year to do. I find that before I tackle the lists, I need some decompression time. If I jump right into to my lists after putting away the last school book, I miss out on the spirit of summer. I miss out on the beauty and slowness of the season.
Summer is a combination of rest, work, and play- leaning a little more heavy towards the rest and play. I am not always good at allowing myself the rest that I really need. Summer is a gift (as each day is), a gift of immense beauty everywhere. The flowers in full bloom, the refreshing pool water inviting us all to join in on the fun, even the colorful chalk drawings all over the driveway show us a glimpse of the wonder we call summer (the picture above is what happens when all the neighbor kids decide to beautify the street on a warm evening).
Kids innately understand the awesomeness of summer. May you follow their lead and embrace the season with arms wide open. Allow for an abundance of fun and rest, with just enough work to keep your home moving forward and welcoming to all. Pay attention to the rhythm of this season and this moment in time with your kids. Next summer there will be a new rhythm and a new dynamic. This season, today, is your gift.
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