Have you ever heard the term, "The Lazy Days of Summer"? I have heard it many times and long to spend my summer days strolling down Main Street, lounging around by a gurgling stream, buying ice cream from the local ice cream parlor, attending the town bazaar...okay, so maybe I really want to be in the movie, "Pollyanna". Can you blame me? When I picture the lazy days of summer, I picture that movie- everything except the part where she falls off the roof and becomes paralyzed. That is not included in my vision of summer time fun.
I do long, however, for a summer filled with lazy days. But my reality is, our summer has not been very lazy. We have been having a lot of fun, but I still feel like I have been running around like a crazy woman. I guess it is just the time of life that I am in right now and that's okay. The truth is, on the days that we actually have had the opportunity to be lazy, I have gone a little bit crazy- and so did everyone else.
For example, yesterday I had a completely clear day- no appointments, no music lessons, nothing. "Yes," I thought! The perfect day to be lazy. We decided that on this day of laziness we would have a Harry Potter marathon. I also used the free time to complete a few little cleaning projects that were hanging over my head. It was a good day, until night fall. As soon as it was bed time, the effects of watching TV all day surfaced and some of my children cam down with a bad case of the grumpies. Sheesh! Maybe a lazy day is not all it's cracked up to be. Or maybe we should have spent our lazy day in the great outdoors soaking up some sunshine (which in all honesty would have lasted all of 30 minutes before someone would start complaining that they were hot and wanted to go inside.)
Maybe we are just not good at being completely lazy.
And ya know? I think that's okay. One thing I learned through my experience with cancer is that I needed to S-L-O-W down and enjoy my life and my kids. I think most days I do an okay job at that. But I do want to teach my children to be productive members of society and in order to do that we can't be lazy all the time. I think our job as a family is to try to achieve a good balance of productiveness and laziness. Some days we are really good at that. Others we are not. The truth of the matter is, we are striving to do our best each and every day and that's what really counts. :)
I am loving my second chance at life.
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