By Pam Asberry
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
~ John Lubbock
It was a busy academic year. I made a couple of final pushes last week, submitting two manuscripts into the Unpublished Maggie Awards contest and hosting the second of two student piano recitals. Now, I have just a handful of make-up lessons left to teach this week and my summer vacation begins. Seven relatively unstructured weeks with just a smattering of piano lessons and the rest of my time my own to spend however I choose!
Well, sort of. Because the fact is after one becomes a grown-up there really is no such thing as summer vacation. Just because I won’t be teaching as much doesn’t mean I am absolved of all responsibility. The piano must be practiced and the daily writing habit needs to continue. The body must be exercised regularly and meals need to be prepared. And my home is practically begging for decluttering, deep cleaning, and minor repairs.
Yes, my summer to-do list is rather daunting, and I fully intend to check most of the items off before school starts again in August. But what I realized on Sunday – a day spent napping, reading, and napping some more – is that I am utterly exhausted from the rigors of the past months. I need to give these weary bones and this addled brain some time to rest and recharge. Towards that end, I created a separate “have-fun” list, where I will check off such activities as bubble baths, lunch and shopping with friends, reading/beading/knitting for pleasure, and naps – lots of naps! All work and no play makes Pam a dull girl. And this girl is ready to shine.
What do you have on your summer have-fun list?