What I'm Learning- June 2022
It's summer. In Georgia. So it's HOT.
And one thing I'm learning about these long, hot days is that being inside in the cool AC with a fan whirring in the background and nature showing off outside my window gives me both energy and rest simultaneously.
Yes, the kids are out of school.
Yes, there are lots of "mom, I'm bored" whines followed almost immediately by "mom, I'm hungry."
But there is something about summer that makes us all kids again, isn't there?
We stay up later than we should.
We eat popcorn for dinner if we want to eat popcorn for dinner.
We "don't have any homework" and most of us "don't have practice" and a messy house is expected with kids out of school.
Pools call our names and floating counts as exercise.
Ice cream outings beckon us to sidewalks in small towns.
A live band on a starlit night with a warm breeze gives me enough wattage to survive this Georgia heat and sink into my sheets at night both tired and invigorated.
We talk to our neighbors more. The same ones we see all year walking their dogs.
But it's summer. And summer gives us permission to interact even in this lonely digital world.
Movies are cast on campers and garage doors.
Glow sticks compete with fireflies and fireworks happen a few times each summer- all over the world.
Smores become dessert and even church seems more fun in the summer.
God must be showing off a little more with these summer rules and nature's beauty on display.
Books are suddenly important to moms and sometimes even dads.
And not books for the kids, books for US. We suddenly want to read... by the pool, at the lake, on the beach.
Clothing is thinner and shorter so even laundry is less cruel and mundane.
Work is necessary for most of us, but even WORK in the summer is better.
Frankly we are all in a better mood.
So I ask you to sit for a minute or two and consider all the things you LOVE about summer.
There is so much going on in the world this June of 2022, that I chose to focus on any summer, all summers, just summer for my reflection post.
Life has been heavy, but I need light.
We head to the beach in a few weeks and my children's' excitement is like a drug.
They giggle and ramble on about all the things we will do and how fun it will be.
And I join in!
Because I was 10 years old one time, without a bank account or work deadline or relationship issue to worry about.
I was 10 years old. Out of school. Staying up late. And catching fireflies after I rode my bike and jumped in the pool with my friends.
Allow yourself to be 10 years old today.
The world needs that right now.
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