Thirteen weeks of summer. Some days, my son and I revel in spending hours making LEGO creations, having impromptu playdates with neighbors and leaving the house only for a mid-afternoon ice cream treat. Other days (like today), I am grumpy and make it through the day thanks to coffee, having stayed up too late trying to meet a deadline and being woken up by a child at 3am who suddenly can’t sleep through the night in his own bed.
For those of you who aren’t counting (I bow down to you), we are now seven weeks into summer. Meaning, we are more than halfway!
The halfway mark seems like as good a time as any to reflect on what I have learned (so far) on my summer vacation:
- Summer is many things, but it is not a vacation. Same with trips taken during the summer. Other than not having to be at school at a ridiculous hour, most of my conversations with parents revolve around discussing how we all expected summer to be more laid back than it has been. As hard as this will be for me, as a planner, I resolve to “schedule” a few days with nothing on the agenda before school starts.
- Six-year-olds do not appreciate hearing that boredom is the mother of creativity. Note to self: try again next summer.
- Camp expenses may be equivalent to a week’s worth of extra purchases made with your children in tow.
- Levels of alcohol, caffeine and chocolate will exceed those set during the school year. Levels of exercise and sleep will not.
- My brain will implode if I read another article about mommy guilt, moms doing it all, why can’t moms all get along, etc.
- Hopefully this is not too repetitive of #4: Children are much more entertaining at dinner if you order a margarita.
- Packing lunch for camp seems eerily reminiscent of packing lunch during the school year.
- Natural deodorant just isn’t happening during an Austin summer (even a so far *knock on wood* unseasonably cool Austin summer).
- In one hour, I can go from adoring my child to losing my temper with him to adoring him again.
- Vacation albums on Facebook are like a virtual train wreck: you can’t look away, but you will regret seeing snippets of the idyllic vacation at an exotic locale that pale in comparison to the trips you have planned.
What has summer taught you so far?
Written by: Nicole Basham