Not everybody lives by an academic calendar. For families with no school-age children, those whose children attend year-round school, those not employed in the field of education, and those dealing with serious medical or life issues, summer may seem to bring little variety to their days beyond the natural changes of the season–longer hours of daylight and hotter temperatures.
Therefore, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out. I know, because that is how I was beginning to feel this year.
In the midst of my own little pity party, a contrarian voice piped up in my mind:
- What about the bar-b-que at your daughter’s house?
- What about the individual birthday breakfasts and shopping trips with your grandkids?
- What about going out garage sale-ing with your husband?
One afternoon last week, my husband and I found ourselves sitting out at my daughter and grandkids’ pool. The temperature was perfect–warm, but perfect in the shade. A gentle breeze rustled the leaves overhead. The air echoed with the shrieks and laughter of children, and our grands were showing off just for us.
Now this, I thought, feels like summer.
And suddenly my whole conundrum about feeling cheated and left out of summer dissolved like morning fog from an ocean beach. I wasn’t missing summer; I wasn’t paying attention to summer.
Today It Felt Like Summer When…
That evening, I jotted in my journal:
Today it felt like summer when we sat with Genny and watched the girls swim at their swim club.
Then I wrote:
Yesterday it felt like summer when I woke up with the sun and opened the downstairs windows to let the cool morning air inside.
The next day, I wrote:
Today it felt like summer when, after my nap, I went out front wearing a short skirt and top, and flip-flops to talk to hubby who was watering our tomato plants.
In the following days, I wrote:
Today it felt like summer when we reserved our train tickets for our trip to visit Mom and Jim.
Today it felt like summer when I prepared travel activities for my grands who would soon depart on a California vacation.
Today it felt like summer when hubby and I walked in Waterfront Park after evening church.
Thus I discovered that I, too, am enjoying summer, only I had not been savoring it.
What about you? Are you struggling to get that “summer feeling” that we see in commercials, T.V. shows, and movies? Do everybody else’s summers seem more “summery” than yours? I challenge you to complete one sentence each day:
Today it felt like summer when…
I’ll do it, too. Here’s the one I wrote this morning:
Today it felt like summer when I finally painted my toenails a pretty shade of cotton candy pink.
Please share a sentence or two from your own summer “savorings” in the comment box below. Let’s encourage one another!