Part of the beauty of summer is the extra room to breathe. It is a time to enjoy picnics and watch the fireflies at night. It is a rare chance to read that book that has been calling your name, the opportunity to try that new art project, the mental capacity to think about the future.
During the summer, some of our kids have jobs that don’t require much thinking: mowing yards, painting fences, weeding the garden. My son called those boring, uninterrupted stretches his “think time.” His slow-moving outward actions belied the speed of math calculations in his head. While he would have preferred to be in the house bent over his books, the required change of pace gave him a freedom to think in new ways, the time to solve problems creatively.
I encourage you to leave some breathing room this summer, for yourself and for your kids. It’s okay that not every minute is filled. In fact, it is preferable. Beauty and inspiration need space to flourish. They don’t blossom with schedules or to do lists.
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