It’s been two weeks since school let out, which means summer is in full swing around here! So far, I have been making a conscious effort to
be lazy relax and enjoy the slower pace. My family still seems to wind up with clean clothes, a spotless clean-enough house, and a somewhat homemade meal on the table sometime after 6pm. I guess what I’m trying to say is that chaos hasn’t broken out. Yet.
I am trying to be more mindful this summer, to enjoy things as they come and not always be thinking of the next thing that needs to be done. Or what hasn’t been done from yesterday. Or whether or not I should consider Botox. Or that we are one year away from paying for college. Or global warming.
Really, I think it’s working.
So in honor of being mindful and relaxed, I want to share a few things I have learned so far this summer:
- Puppies do NOT automatically calm down when they turn 1 year old. That must have been in the fine print.
- The “gradual tanning” lotion and my skin have decided that they will NOT cooperate with each other. I keep trying, but the lotion still smells bad and my skin stays pasty white.
- If I flex my arms muscles in just the right way, I can still wave and/or clap in a sleeveless top without arm jiggle.
- If you offer a teenager a cup of coffee, he will take it. And add tons of sugar. Then he wants a cup the following morning. A few mornings after that, he will not only pour HIS cup, but he will attempt to put YOUR cup into a travel mug and take it with him. It’s like that Mouse and that Cookie….except for the fact that Mommy needs her coffee, and that boy was willing to share his cookies.
- If you go shopping in the first week or two of summer, you will run into many, many teachers and other school employees. It’s like we are on parole for good behavior, let out of the cage, set free.
- If you are enjoying lunch with friends and the waiter keeps bringing you endless iced tea refills, do NOT pass up an opportunity to use the restroom before leaving the restaurant. It’s a long ride home. A long, uncomfortable ride.
- Contrary to what I previously believed, the earth does not stop spinning if I leave the house with wet, uncurled hair. Actually, nobody seems to notice or care.
- I still don’t like leaving the house with wet, uncurled hair.
- Guacamole and chips make a wonderful lunch. Just don’t tell my kids.
- I really enjoy spending time with my kids. Really.
What little bits of wisdom have you learned so far this summer?