Wait a minute, that’s not how the song is supposed to go! Yet, once upon a time, Summer started on Memorial Day, and, ended just after Labor Day. That provided a lengthy time period for those, “lazy days of summer.” A summer camp for the kids, and a week vacation provided most of the structure for summer, while, overall, an easy going, summer vibe where picnics, pools, movies, concerts, and parks ruled. Driving through the neighborhood the other day (the one that it wasn’t raining) I noticed what wasn’t in sight…anywhere; children playing outside! So why the change of tune?
We now have year-round school, summer school, camps-camps-and-more camps (how many camps does one need to attend during the summer?) as well as technology that renders youth indoors, and adults working remotely (even on “vacation.”). I will mention, here, that there is not anything wrong with these, and, may certainly be necessary. But, how much so?
Where is there room for the slower pace, feeling “free,” the more relaxed feel of summer?
Madras, seersucker, flip flops, swimsuits, ‘white’, sun dresses, the smell of suntan lotion and freshly cut grass, watermelon, 90’s and humidity…do we not think of summer? It’s not too late…
Challenge yourself by taking a “freedom-from-technology” day (or weekend); no texts, no smartphone (nor dumbphone), no emails, no computers, no (electronic) gaming. Caution; some withdrawal symptoms may occur, such as tension, irritability, restlessness… and repetition of reaching in your pocket or purse…lol
I’m sure I missed a bunch…what are some things you think of when you think of summer? Consider these ways to de-stress, rather than distress, your summer….and the living, is easy.
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