View From The Glen

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Days of Summer

Summertime...and the living is easy...

The jazzy notes tumble out of the open window and here on the porch swing, in this instant, it seems true. Summer is easy - no need to match clothes for the kids for school....they toss on shorts over their swimsuits and are off;  dinners tend to be simple...barbecues and salads, and fresh ripe berries for dessert; bed time has more flexibility....we are often up until close to sunset biking or playing croquet in the coolness of evening.

In this instant, the living is easy.

But that is mostly because I have a knack for enjoying the moment and pretending there is nothing outside of it.

In this space, there is no half-acre garden to re-mulch, no weeds to pull, no flowers to deadhead and nurture. There is no hay to bale, no sheep to tag, no grass to mow, no driveway verge to trim. The mud room does not hold the remnants of a school year's worth of artwork and books and papers to be organized, and dressers are not overflowing with pants and skirts and shirts and sweaters that will be too small come Autumn and need to be sorted.

In this space, we are not planning camping trips and beach picnics, a week at the cottage and a canoe trip into the wilderness. We are not counting down the days until the Highland Games or the Williamstown Fair - must-do things in our summer. We are not still working, and grocery shopping, and heading off on hot sultry nights to sit at the site of a soccer field and watch the kids play. We do not have eight family birthdays to celebrate before September.

In this moment, in this space, in this instant, there is only the sweet jazzy belief that summer is, in fact, easy.


Leanne Haines said...

Amen! Today my summer day included a trip to the emergency room to have a cast put on Janelle's fractured arm. I'm not feeling like summer is easy today. But hopefully within a couple of weeks I'll be at Tracy's cottage and the kids will be running with their cousins and enjoying every minute, and I'll be sitting back enjoying a book. Meanwhile, I'm not thinking about the million things that need to get done before we leave on Friday — half a million of which should have gotten done today! Nope, I'm just not going to think about that!

Laura said...

I find it hard to live in the moment and forget about the looming chores and work. I'm getting better, but it's good to have a reminder. :)

Finola said...

I'm like Laura and have a hard time relaxing when the kitchen is messy etc etc etc. But when I do allow myself to relax, I realize that, yes, this is what it's all about.