The Speed of Summer
In my everyday life, I’m a high school teacher. And as much as I love my students, I might love my summer vacation just a little bit more almost as much. I long for the slower pace of summer—the lazy pj mornings, the spontaneity in spur-of-the-moment day trips, the long-forgotten bedtime routines. It’s a time where I’m a more relaxed parent, which works well, as it’s also the time my children decide to run wild.
As many stay-at-home parents know, being home with your children all day long can be taxing at best, and drive you to drink at worst. So, first, cheers. Drink up. You’ve earned it.
Now, grab an envelope (or the back of a coloring book works fine too), and compile a list for you. A list of things you want to do for yourself this summer. Look, no one is going to do it for you, and before you know it, summer will be long gone and you’ll be regretting not giving yourself more room to breathe, to stretch your own wings. You’ll regret living at the speed of your children’s summer, and not your own.
And just to demonstrate that I try to practice what I preach, here’s my very own Speed of Summer List:
The Speed of Summer 2013
- Lie out in the sun and soak up the vitamin D
- Buy/cut yourself flowers weekly.
- Eat a basketful of berries by yourself. Don’t share. Not one.
- And a pint of ice cream. Pick your favorite flavor and hide it at the back of the freezer so no one steals it out from under your deserving spoon.
- Swim in the ocean, or a lake, or a creek, or whatever body of water you got that’s outside. *bonus points if you do it a la natural. Shhhh…I won’t tell.*
- Go on a date to the drive-ins without kids. Who cares what the movie is? You’ve got a car and no kids and a solid two hours without interruption.
- Wear a daring shade on your toes. No time like the present to wear “It’s Raining Men”.
- Read a book. The.Entire.Book. It doesn’t have to be great literature. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be good literature. Just make sure you enjoy it. And that you finish it. Seriously, finish it.
- Eat what you want all day long. Not what you should, and not what your kids want, but what you want. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. And dessert. And ignore those guilt-laden calories—it’s only one day.
Make your list now, before another moment goes by and it’s swallowed up in everything you need to do for someone else. Look it over, write down all the things that whisper to your heart. There is where you will find your own speed of summer.