Suddenly, despite having registered Papa and the boys for their summer races this morning, I feel free. We can visit with family when it works for all of us and not feel guilty when a race on Mother's Day (meaning we were gone all weekend) requires apology flowers and rescheduling to a day that no matter how we try really isn't Mother's Day. There will be no birthday parties to squeeze into weekends that are already full with long practices, races, or race travel. The obligations are pretty low all summer, which provides a much needed break.
So we went to the park this morning and the pool this afternoon and got started on the months of slow.
For a few years now I have created a summer bucket list, or manifesto, if you like. This year it looks like this:
Pool As Much As Possible
Picnic - Any Time of Day
Friday Bowl Days
Make and Eat Lots of Popsicles
Hang Out With Friends
Sew Every Week
Hang the Laundry
Have Music Nights
Give Up Facebook
Go Device Free Most of the Time
Go to the Beach
Some of the items on the list are part of what I want for everyday this summer. My daily goals are to:
Spend time outside everyday - preferably where I can be on grass or under trees, but in a hot day pinch a few hours on the porch or by the pool will count.
Move my body daily - walk, swim, bike, or stretch.
Make something (create) everyday - knit, crochet, embroider, sew, draw, paint ... or even cook something new.
Listen to music daily - I love music but I also love silence, and silence often wins. But some of my best summer memories involve music, so we are going to listen at home if we don't happen to be in the car.
Today I spent time outside four times; I went to the park and spent two hours under the oak trees with my bare feet on the ground, I was at the pool for two hours, I ate a meal on the porch, and I went for a 1.5 mile walk in the evening. The walking was also moving my body. I finished a dish cloth and started knitting another one in a more complicated pattern. We cranked up the music in the car while going to and from the pool.