Every summer I make a list of all the things that we HAVE to do before summer ends. Go to the zoo, make homemade ice cream, go to the planetarium, tour the local museums, visit a barnyard, etc, etc, etc. Then the kids and I try desperately to cram all the activities we listed into our short time together before school starts again. (And then feel guilty if our list isn’t completely checked off by the end of August.)
But this year I am saying no. No summer bucket list!!! No pressure to accomplish X amount of activities. No need to make sure we get in 6 picnics and 5 hikes and a tour of all the playgrounds in the area. I’m saying no. No! No! No!
Now, before I go any further let me say that I don’t think there is anything wrong with structured summers and summer bucket lists. For some family’s it is fantastic. The best. And to those family’s I say a hearty, “Carry on!” But as for me….I’m opting to do something different this year.
Maybe (and quite possibly) I am opting to take the lazy moms approach this year because here is my plan for this summer: DO NOTHING.
Really. Do nothing.
And by nothing I mean the Winnie Pooh/Christopher Robin version of nothing:
“What I like doing best is Nothing.”
“How do you do Nothing,” asked Pooh after he had wondered for a long time.
“Well, it’s when people call out at you just as you’re going off to do it, ‘What are you going to do, Christopher Robin?’ and you say, ‘Oh, Nothing,’ and then you go and do it.
I feel the need not only for myself but for my kids as well to SLOW THINGS DOWN. Time goes by so fast. The pace of the world is so fast. The first day of school will come so fast.
Before I know it we will be rushing to school, doing homework, and running to afterschool activities. And I’m not ready. I think at my house we could all use some down time. We have had a hectic schedule with all of us being pulled in different directions and right now we need to reorganize, refresh, rest, and recharge. Which means, for me, and my kids I want some good old fashioned, old school, lazy days of summer.
No agenda, no schedule, no plans.
Just hot summer days….sprinklers in the back yard…reading on a blanket in the shade of the trampoline….and staying up late to drink slurpees on the back porch.
I know, it isn’t glamorous or “pinable” and it can’t be put on a printable. But it’s my summer dream and dang it I’m going to do everything in my power to make it come true.
I think sometimes we need to let go of our plans and hold our breath and just be still. And that time for me is right now.
I’m not sure I am strong enough to slow the world down but this summer I’m sure going to try. So wish me luck. And send me a postcard while you are all off on your expeditions! (Just because I am staying still doesn’t mean I don’t want to hear about all of your adventures!)