Got summer? I know my days right now are a little like the popular milk commercial. I am realizing it’s officially spring and now it’s time to figure out what I’m doing this summer. It’s not me I have to wonder about, it’s the kid’s schedules and figuring out which camps, which sports, which programs, which days, which hours, who’s driving and all the other details that make my calendar so full and so overwhelming.
I have decided, and it’s not just because gas is suppose to be over four dollars a gallon, that this is the summer we cut back. It’s the summer for my kids to learn a lesson in being kids. It’s the summer to turn back the clock to the days when I was a kid and summers involved long days at the city pool, making up games in the back yard, and staring at the clouds daydreaming.
I am prepared for the “I’m bored” response. I fully expect to have them push back. But I have been getting ready for this for a while now and I think I am all set. It’s not that we won’t be doing any camps, we will. But we won’t be doing EVERY camp. Instead, they’re going to learn to find something to do among the toys and games and equipment that sit quietly in our garage, or basement wearing cobwebs right now. I think it’s the summer for them to discover who they are, like it or not, away from constant schedules, clocks and structure. It’s the summer for them to learn about life unplugged. Their challenge may be outside the classroom, but no less important, I think, than learning to read. It’s time to learn to stretch creatively, exercise and play without any formal direction, and find their way through a summer that I hope will be one to remember for a lifetime.
I’ll let you know how it went in September!