On the way home I noticed that the maples in the swamp are already turning red. How can this be? Lately it seems like every summer goes by so fast that there is hardly time to put a dent in the list of things we wanted to do. We didn’t go on a whale watch, do the library reading program, or tie-dye shirts. We only used our state parks pass a couple of times; I thought we’d use it way more. We didn’t read aloud as much as I had planned. We didn’t spend much time in the garden, and the weeds are there to prove it. We didn’t spend nearly enough lazy days at home, or play as many yard games as we normally do. No one played in the sprinkler even once.
What we did do is swim a lot – in the backyard pool, in the lake, and in the ocean. We ate a ton of ice cream. We spent a lot of time driving around – to Rose’s gymnastics practice, Grace’s counseler-in-training program, and Christopher’s tennis clinics. We took a week off to take daytrips in the area and another week to head to the ocean. We ate a lot of taffy, and raspberries from the garden, and did a lot of grilling. We went on several hikes. We spent a lot of time with family and watched a lot of movies. And we got a puppy!
Sometimes, it helps just to make a list of things you actually did do, rather than focusing on what you didn’t do. I enjoy making lists of things we want to do for summer, Christmas, and other special times, because I love to plan and have things to look forward to. But more often than not I find that the lists stress me out more than they help. I never get to all of the things that I wanted to do, and it is far too easy for me to fall into the trap of feeling like a failure, of judging myself by that unfinished list.
There are still a few weeks left of summer, I plan to make the most of them. Next week James and Rose have a day camp and Grace is doing her last week of CIT for the summer. Christopher and I are on puppy duty and I look forward to spending the mornings with the two of them. And then we will have a lazy week or so (I hope) at home, with a camping trip at the end before we jump into our new school year.
I’m experimenting with bigger photos. I think I like it.