Soccer camp, baseball camp, vacation, summer jobs….
It’s so easy to lose our summer in the “schedule”!
Somehow, in the months of March and April, summer spread out endlessly before us. I could schedule all the camps I wanted with plenty of time left over to do the unscheduled things.
There would be plenty of days to swim and catch fireflies and sleep in. How do I forget each year that summer flies by like the wind!
I remember being young and summers never ending! How has that changed so quickly?
Now I watch my children who are now all teens or older and I realize that there were so many lazy summer days that I took for granted!
Even complained about because it was too hot or humid or buggy or ….just too something. My idea of a perfect summer evening is a glass of sweet iced tea on the porch.
My kids idea of a perfect summer night is playing Jail break with the neighborhood kids. I can listen to their laughter and imagine them one day telling their own children about those fun summer nights!
I guess my point is that we need to enjoy these summer days because they are fleeting. And that means our time to enjoy (yes, I said enjoy) our teens is also fleeting.
Purposefully, be spontaneous!
I know that sounds like such a dichotomy, but we are such an organizational society that we lose our spontaneity unless we are purposeful about it.
Schedules are fabulous tools to make our lives seem more efficient. But have you ever noticed that the best times are unscheduled events that surprise you with their simplicity? Camps are great for our kids. They give them great experience.
But have you ever listened to the neighborhood children squeal with delight because their hiding place was discovered or they were tagged with the beam of light in flashlight tag? Yes, our teens still have the ability to squeal. Just don’t tell them you heard it from me!