First, let me get a protest out of the way. Summer homework is for the birds. ’nuf said!
My protest leads me into the ever-quickening pace of our summers.
As a child they seemed to last indefinitely. I don’t remember summer projects assigned by teachers. I remember making hammocks out of mom’s sheets, lemonade stands, the pool, learning to drive the riding lawn mower and catching fire flies.
There are no fire flies in Jacksonville! There are, however, summer projects along with a host of other wonderful blessing like tons of frogs (which I love catching).
It seems summer barely begins and then we’re in the heat of midsummer. I turn around, maybe twice, and school is upon us again.
When the bible talks about this life being fleeting in the face of eternity it’s truth is never more evident as an adult with children. One moment you hold your newborn and the next you are learning how to let go and allow them to be mini-adults.
It’s sad for this mommy. It’s also rewarding, frustrating, glorious and crazy – all wrapped up in one!
When they were little I kept them safe from climbing steps, falling on the cement and my husband and I kissed boo-boos and passed onto them out love of campfires.
Babysitters helped them make visors that were actually proud to wear! And while my photography skills have increased my babies are growing up……
Taking care of the “bare necessities” of life were quite uncomplicated compared to our new found role as parents to teens, tweens and an almost tween. Hoping they live their lives for God, make good choices, choose their friends wisely, don’t speed, be respectful……and all that jazz!
All of that is much harder than wrapping them in warm jackets and finding their favorite shoes.
Sometimes I wish we could flash freeze moments as to return and look at them with eyes full of wisdom from the future. A multi-dimensional stop in time to appreciate all that was in that moment. The baby voice, the tiny shoes, the cries of protest, the trusting child, the Barney songs, the little hand in ours and even the smelly diapers that are just too quickly gone.
I think we need more summers. Not the break from school summer, but the “let’s go have fun and leave our worries behind” summers. God knew how badly I needed a husband who has a summer outlook on life. He pulls me out of me seriousness and says, “Let’s go have fun.” He tries new food, catapults from airplanes and dares to live life on the edge as I sit with my feet firmly planted on the ground. “For it is safe here young padawan!”
I need more summer. More of an ability to trust the Father and swing high from the branches of His tree. To squeal like a little girl and to run with wild abandon. To rest. To listen. To be quiet.
Homeschooling, although crazy as it got at times, allowed more summer into our lives. With all the children in school there is less summer. As they grow into their responsibilities as young adults days spent riding big wheels in the drive way and picnics in the gazebo come less often. Schedules fill up. Time to “just be” falls away.
I believe my goal for the coming academic year (non summer) is to schedule one day of summer into each month. A day or a night where the whole family does something…..anything just to pause, have fun and enjoy the sunshine, the lemonade and the homemade hammock.
And I have just the man to do it with! Hold me accountable baby!!!