As summer comes this week to my neighborhood I am thinking about just last year and the contrast a year makes during this time of pandemic. Last year at this time we were hiding away in our homes fearful of what was happening and trying to stay safe. Just this past week my church and my women's group have both started meeting in person after 15 months of zoom and isolation. What a difference a year makes right this very minute.
So I am wondering what will I do differently this year?
How will I celebrate a bit of socialization?
Have I learned anything about myself and made any changes?
I have thought of how as a child I was outside playing with all the kids in my neighborhood from early morning until the sunset or my mother called me in for a meal. I loved hanging out at the local swimming hole/pool with tons of kids splashing in the water to cool off. We laughed, screamed, and just loved making noise. We crawled and dug through dirt and came home filthy without a care in the world.
I am a very organized person and one thing I have learned through the pandemic is I need a little less organization and a bit more carefreeness (hummm?not really a word is it?) I need to hang out, laugh, scream, make noise, dig in the dirt, and come home filthy. We change, but some things do stay the same.
My ex-son-in-law sends me pictures of my grandson quite often and a few days ago he sent me a picture that really touched my heart. Three boys in his neighborhood asked my D to read to them. Can you imagine? Four boys sitting on the front step reading a book at the beginning of summer vacation? This picture is what inspired me to think of what I would do with one wild, wonderful summer.
I will continue walking in my neighborhood and garden.
I will connect with nature and with friends.
I will make a bit of noise, even if it is humming a favorite tune.
I will hang out by some water and splash around a bit.
I will find a friend that likes to laugh and laugh with them.
I will let a juicy peach run down my arms and delight in the warmth of the sun.
What will you do?
Happy weekend, dear friends!
Go out there and do something fun!