It’s been said that August is like the Sunday of Summer. As soon as August 1st rolls around, students and teachers alike begin dreading the end of vacation and the start of another school year. I’ve tried really, really hard to avoid that mindset this year. I’ve tried to live in the moment and not focus on the end.
At the risk of sounding really cheesy, I’d have to say that I’ve had one of the best summers of my life. In fact, maybe THE best summer. What made it so great was not what I DID, but rather what I DID NOT do. This was the first summer of my life since I was in the ninth grade that I did not work, coach, or attend a camp of some sort.
For the first time in a long time I felt relaxed. I spent time rolling around on the floor playing with my girls. I sat in the yard and drank coffee with my mother-in-law while Hannah pushed Lucy in the swing and the dogs chewed sticks (and sidewalk chalk). I hit the gym three days a week and rediscovered an excitement for my training. I’ve spent countless hours enjoying conversations with my husband after the girls have been put to bed for the night. In all of these moments, I’ve remembered what’s really important to me.
If you were a fly on my wall, you would also see your fair share of napless days with a mom ready to rip her hair out. You would have seen moments when I wanted to kill the dogs or just have a freaking second to myself without someone crying or needing my attention. I’ve complained to my husband plenty. How the hell does anyone do the stay at home mom gig? I was losing my mind half the time.
BUT. Really…..when the dust has settled, and the kids are asleep for the night, I do always reflect. I am so lucky. I get to enjoy the simple moments. The ones that happen when you slow down.
So on the eve before I head back to work for another 180 days with someone else’s children instead of my own, I will not complain. I’ve just had over two months of work-free days. Some people very close to me would kill to have just one week off. But I sure did love my summer vacation, and I’m sad to see it end!