Today marks the first official day of summer vacation for my daughter. In 10 weeks and 3 days it will end. In 10 weeks and 3 days she will be in 6th grade and I will be the mother of a middle schooler. In 10 weeks and 3 days my baby boy will start kindergarten. In 10 weeks and 3 days I will have 7 whole hours to myself. Every day. In 10 weeks and 3 days I will actually have time to have a real, adult conversation with my husband without being interrupted by pointe shoes and light sabres. In 10 weeks and 3 days our life is going to get a lot busier, a lot more hectic, a lot more....scheduled.
Last year I posted a summertime "To Do" list that I hardly followed. Topping the list at Number 1 was to go to the pool...often. Check. I'm physically unable to stay away from the water in the summer. Number 3: Play 500 Rummy and Canasta with my parents at the beach. Done & I'm ready for the rematch. Number 10...see #1. I sort of accomplished #7 (ride waves w/out freaking out over sharks). I rode waves but freak-out still occurred over those pesky sharks....because we saw them in the water with us!!!!! For reals, y'all...it was Jaws all over again.
Three out of 10. That's all I got done...because life happened & then it happened again. And then school started. And then I became Robo Mom. So this year I'm throwing my list out the window. Well, not really. I have made a list of things I want to do, things I need to do....but quite a lot has changed since this time last year. The scariest thing in the world to me, my biggest fear came true when I almost lost my mom last Fall. Because of that, my priorities have changed. I don't stress out as about getting things done, on making and sticking to a plan, on completing projects and keeping my house spotless...ok, ok, I've never put much emphasis on that one. What it most important to me is quite simple. Time. Time is all I care about. Time to share with my husband and our amazing kids, while they're still kids. Time to spend with my parents reliving old memories and making new ones. Time to talk to my grandmother and learn about her life. Time to spend laughing until I cry with my girlfriends. Time to learn, experiment, and try new things.
Time to love.
I have 10 weeks and 3 days to do nothing...but enjoy my time.
Ready. Set. GO!