There are things I genuinely love about each of the four seasons. The fall, with its back-to-school shopping and return of college football; the winter, with multiple opportunities to spend time with family and cuddle up with a good book; the spring, with its explosion of color. But there’s just something about summer…
The Fountain of Nations at Disney World, one of my favorite summer (and year-round!) destinations, contains water from each of 22 different countries.
We all remember how exciting summer was when we were young. As kids, we counted down the final days of the school year, waiting for that glorious day when we could walk out of the school building and be greeted with nothing but luxurious days of friends and fun ahead. As a little girl, my summers consisted of swimming lessons at Millard North High School, frequent trips to the Omaha Public Library to update my progress on the Summer Reading Program, afternoons full of running through the sprinklers, and an annual family vacation.
And I’m pretty lucky, even now, as an adult. As a teacher, I still get to feel that summertime anticipation. I still get to walk out of the school building (though these days, it’s a few days after the students have already left), with the promise of the best gift ahead of me.
Time to write (and to catch back up with my blog). *Writing goals = Journal every day, blog once each week, send out more query letters, and begin a new piece (a screenplay!).
Time to read. *Reading goal = Read one new book each week (stay tuned for a weekly account of these books).
Time to hang out with my family. My mom is a teacher, too, and we love to spend our summer days shopping, going out to lunch, and planning activities for our students for the next year. I also spend time at Preco, Inc., where my husband, dad, and brother all work. Even though all of us are working (the boys on their Preco stuff; me on my writing), it’s nice to be together.
Time to reconnect with friends. This week alone I have two lunch dates, two coffee dates, and a dinner date with friends!
Time to rejuvenate. Sometimes I have to force myself to relax. I am constantly on the go and I know that, for my own sanity (and my husband’s), sometimes I need to stop and take some time to do nothing.
Time to reenergize. I love to generate new ideas for my classroom over the summer. I am also attending some professional development sessions later in July, as well as presenting at a conference!
Summer gives me such a gift. The gift of time.
(Note: There are a lot more things I love about summer. Enough, in fact, I think I’ll do a second post about them! Stay tuned…)