Ever since I started teaching again five years ago, I have discovered summer again. Twenty years prior in my business life, I worked a 60 hour week with a two week a year vacation. Oh, we got days off for Christmas and New Years and Thanksgiving but the rest of the year... working. Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. Every day... five days a week and weekends to catch up on reading etc.
So now that I am back in the educational world I get to rediscover summer. And its a big deal. Since I am a bit of a workaholic, summer is a really important time for me. My family jokes that when I am on vacation they have to work. That's because I have plans. Big plans. To clean the back room, get the yard under control, clean out closets. But that isn't what summer should be about. So I am doing something a bit different this year. This year Summer is about dreaming. Summer is about watching clouds. Summer is about literally smelling the roses. Summer is sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and watching the sun set. Summer is reading a completely frivolous novel. Summer is easy unconfining clothes and lemonade (sugar free). Summer is listening to my wind chimes and watching for my favorite white butterflies that visit my flowers. Summer is going to the beach and going to the zoo and going to visit my mom. Summer is about what life should always be about. Living. Enjoying family. Enjoying the surroundings I have worked so hard to have. Perhaps the real question is - why do I wait until summer to enjoy all that life has to offer? I believe sunsets happen EVERY day. And here in California flowers bloom pretty much year round. In my neck of the woods there is a Starbucks on every corner and plenty of books to read. And do I really have to wear stupid uncomfortable clothes to work?
I remember my summers as a little girl. My parents both were college teachers so we got the long summers off. And it was off to my grandmother's house in Texas. We would stay for a month. A month of swimming and ice cream sandwiches. A month of playing out in her huge back yard while the adults sat in lawn chairs talking into early evening. We sat in the porch swing in the morning and took naps in the afternoon. We ate barbecue, green beans, gumbo. And we went to the library and checked out lots of books. It was a time when we weren't all so glued to our computers and TV's.
Lately, we have stopped watching so much television in our house. And I have discovered music again and the outdoors. Summer does that. It gets us back in touch with a different time. And I want to relish every moment. My newest dream is to live summer all year long. It is a dream. But I am working on it! What were your summer memories. What will your memories be this year?