I know the official end to each season has something to do with equinoxes and ancient calendars of the sun and whatnot, but here, in our little town, school starts on August 1. And that, my friends, means summer is over. I mean, technically we’ve got over a month an a half left, but that’s just semantics. For me, summer has nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the laze factor. Homework? Ain’t nobody gotta do it. Tardy bell? Not ringing here! PTA meetings? OK, so I don’t go to those anyway. But my POINT is that things flow a little freer and have a relaxed groove that I dig. We let the kids stay up a little later. (Except for Max, because have you met 14-month olds?) We go out for ice cream more often. We go on family trips. We shower less and swim more.
But you know, even though I have felt the same old shift back to school scheduling since last week, my job change has made life a little more summery all around. I can walk over to morning assembly and hear Noah lead the school in the pledge. I can be a mystery reader. I can volunteer to drive carpool one week of the month. In short, there is breathing room there that wasn’t there before. And that, my friends, has made a world of difference. It’s like year-round summer for my brain. With a little long division thrown in.
So what is my point here? My point is that I am still, a month after the fact, reveling in how deciding to make a change toward something better for my life actually made my life better. Who knew? (OK, so a lot of people. But I was the one who had to do something about it.) And this video is kind of me showing my gratitude for all that. For all of this.
Viva la summer!