Summer is here and it’s hot . . . everywhere!
While this season has a lot going for it in the wellness department, like longer days (more time to exercise), and farmer’s markets brimming with fresh local veggies (lots of healthy meal prep options), who has the energy and motivation to workout or cook when record temperatures are making the evening news?
Summer is barely a week old, and my kids are already bartering with me. (Can anyone relate?)
Just after school let out, we headed to the beach on a mini vacation, where our boys took a surfing lesson and immediately fell in love with the sport.
When we got home, my youngest said to me:
“Mom, how many books do I need to read for you to buy me a surfboard?”
Summer has arrived!
When my kids dump their backpacks on the floor of the kitchen for the last time, I am so happy to be off homework duty I don’t even complain.
In fact, I just tell them to turn right around, because we’re headed to the pool where I plan to put my freshly pedicured feet up with a good book and a cool drink.
I’ve even considered posting a sign by my lounge chair that reads:
Mom off duty. You’re on your own!
Confession time: I could have been that mom whose kid jumped into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.
I only know as much as you do from the news reports, so this post is not about weighing in on who’s to blame for the whole tragic situation.
It just got me thinking about all the scary close calls I had as the mom of a “runner.”
Every week . . . no, make that every day . . . random people cross my path who amaze me.
If I take a moment to step out of the fast lane long enough to pause and notice, I see them making their lives happen in simple, but purposeful ways.