The Speed of Summer

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.

via Martha Stewart

via Martha Stewart

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

  1. Lie out in the sun and soak up the vitamin DImage
  2. Buy/cut yourself flowers weekly.Image
  3. Eat a basketful of berries by yourself. Don’t share. Not one.Image
  4. 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.Image
  5. 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.*Image
  6. 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.Image
  7. Wear a daring shade on your toes. No time like the present to wear “It’s Raining Men”.Image
  8. 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.Image
  9. 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.

  10. Let the sun wake you up as often as possible. Too often our final sweet moments of slumber are lost to the incessant whine of the alarm…or the kids…or the dog… If you can, lie there until the sun warms your face and you remember your long forgotten friend.

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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.


4 Comments on The Speed of Summer

  1. Penny
    June 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm (4 years ago)

    I tried to “like” this but it wouldn’t let me. Going to do it (summer bucket list) all at one time. In August my sweet hubby and I are going on a long train trip. From San Jose to KCMO and back with a stop in Albuquerque to drive to and spend 3 days in Santa Fe. (I have never been there and always wanted to go) We are getting the handicap accessible sleeping car with the bathroom right there and they bring our meals to us. Time to sleep, snuggle, write, dream, watch movies, talk and remember who we were before my mom moved in with us. Love, love, love !

    • Roxanne
      June 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm (4 years ago)

      That sounds like an incredible trip, Penny! There’s something so romantic about traveling by train.

  2. Sarah
    June 21, 2013 at 6:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this. :) I need one since this will be my first summer off in at least 10 years.

  3. Nichole
    August 3, 2013 at 2:16 am (4 years ago)

    I love this list, Roxanne. Reminded me to enjoy the last few weeks of blissful summer freedom, despite the stress that a new school year/ probable new job will inevitably bring.


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