School’s In: Monday Motivation #31
Summer is coming to a close
And maybe you’re like me, thinking about all the things that are ending:
- No more sleeping in
- No more time for water parks, theme parks, nature parks, and other family activities that draw us away from home
- No more dips in the pools, picnics in the park, lazy days lounging and sipping lemonade
And maybe you’re looking ahead and see that we’re back to:
- Homework not done, poorly done, postponed, ripped, forgotten
- Disgruntled children moaning and groaning because the sun rose to early, because they hate school, because they can’t find their home work, because … you get the idea…
- Mom’s taxi service to this activity or that is back in full swing no matter how tired you are of pulling in and out of that driveway
- Dinner’s rushed, kisses and hugs hurriedly exchanged between activities or responsibilities … hectic, hectic, hectic
And even if you don’t have kids, summer is still coming to a close and before you know it, Autumn will come blustering in with a flurry of leaves and grey skies.
And that’s exactly how it feels; we feel blanketed in the doldrums of the past season’s end and we gird ourselves to stand strong and handle impending … … … insert your list of stresses here. UGH.
I really think we spend:
- too much time looking back in bittersweet reminiscence and
- too much time looking forward with a sense of dread
… particularly at this time of year.
Instead, I propose
…that today is the perfect time, instead to consider how far you’ve come and what wonderful memories you made – as a person, as a family, in any one of the many hats you wear.
In the past three months, I’ve:
- Seen my grandbaby born and watched her grow dramatically (I’d forgotten how fast newborns become a full-fledged BABY)
- Visited my bestie in Cali
- Taken a college class with my daughter for the first time ever
- Road-tripped to Cali with my son to see: the Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, Cannery Row, and San Francisco
- Gone to some of the best Farmer’s Markets this side of the Mississippi
- Spent hours competing in friendly water challenges with my son
- Taken classes on blogging and novel writing and web site development
- Dashed home in the middle of a rainstorm
- Spent time with friends eating, talking, going to shows, writing, or learning about writing from one another.
But enough about me.
What about you? How was your summer?
As a kid, I can remember getting back to school and seeing all my friends again. They’d always ask, “How was your summer?” And, “what did you do all summer?”
As adults, why do we stop that?
I think every season should come with a highlight reel; a recap of all the best stuff – the things that still make you smile or laugh.
What’s on your highlight reel? So tell me the happiest, the funniest, the most poignant, the hottest, the silliest, the most-family-oriented … anything … just tell me
How was your summer?