We’ve fallen into a summer routine that involves slower mornings, more time in PJs, lunches on the porch, and afternoons around the pool. Our calendar is less full and more texts are exchanged about impromptu plans, many of which are based on the weather. The kids usually do a few chores in the morning while I tend to blog and lake house management things. Greg and I have been playing Rummy with Cate when the other two are in bed.
Life does still have to happen in the summer. But, even as a grownup, summer gives me the freedom to sit and linger longer.
I read more fiction. I feel less self-imposed pressure to be productive. I enjoy life more. Truthfully, I need to carry this summer mindset into every other season.
I manage to throw in some loads of laundry or start the dishwasher. I haven’t cooked much – my oven has been broken for a couple of weeks, but I’m not sure if had been working much would be different in the kitchen.
Summer makes me steady.
I may just have to take what summer has taught me into every other season of life.
I’m happy to be joining the Five Minute Friday crew for this week’s prompt: STEADY. Feel free to set your timer and write whatever comes to mind for five minutes. Then link up at Five Minute Friday’s new website. If you need some permission to let go and enjoy summer, here is my Summer Not-To-Do List and some mom confessions straight from my real life.