I had great plans for this summer. After all, it's the first summer I've had four kids, and the thought of all of them trashing my house every day was a little scary. I was going to have a schedule for the week, with special time for each child, and lots of fun activities out of the house like using our zoo membership or going to the splash park. I imagined all these when we were about a month out from finishing preschool. Then one day I woke up with a sore throat, and the next day I started running a fever, and 24 days later I'm finally better.
Frankly, it's such a novelty to have energy for activities besides subsistence, I think I could take on the world right now. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I have time between everything that has come up this summer. Piano lessons, speech therapy, a VBS week here and there, summer travel--I think we'll hit Titus's last surgery (August 15) before I can catch my breath. And then school starts. Boom.
Not to mention ALL the things that piled up when I took a hit for 24 days. Nothing with imminent deadlines (thankfully), but still...my long term to-do list was quite neglected.
The post I wrote about plans has come to mind a lot in the last few days, and not just because that was my last thought before surgery + illness derailed everything. I am still thinking about that same tension between order and real life,
but it'll be a good summer to practice being a little more relaxed
about it too. We can definitely take this summer one day at a time, and have fun doing whatever happens to come up that day. Like a picnic at the playground during piano lessons. Or playing house in the bedroom while Titus has speech therapy. Or improptu outdoor dinners with after dinner gymnastics entertainment. This summer, we will pursue memories instead of plans.