The Ponder Effect | What is your theme for this summer?
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What is your theme for this summer?

School is out or almost out. Memorial Day is nearly here. It’s hot. All signs point to summer.

Summer is shorter than it used to be and more stressful, it seems. Lazy days of making your own fun have morphed into pricey camps and sports practices that start in June. It is a buy-Gatorade instead of make-lemonade way of life.

That may be just great with you. Your theme may be Stay Busy, Have Fun, which is awesome. Or you may need Slow The Heck Down. Or Be Together. Or Get Outside. Or READ.

My default theme for summer tends to be Make Magic (that may be my default theme for life—more on that another week), but I really want to spend this week pondering other options. Make Magic is a high bar, and this summer I think I need to cut myself some slack. Maybe the very theme our family needs this year is Cut Ourselves Some Slack! I’m not sure yet. All I know is: summer is short, and I don’t want it to slip away because I wasn’t ready for it.

What about all of you out there? What are your intentions for this summer? What do you want to do or be or pursue or keep in mind? What’s your theme?

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22 Ponderings
  • Anonymous

    May 20, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I want to start each day of the summer taking time to be truly mindful of the blessing of these long and a bit more relaxed days of summer. I want to have plans, and I want to have free time to just be. My Dad always said as summer began, “I hope you will spend some time lying on your back and watching the clouds go by.” That was a long time ago when he gave me that advice, and those words still are powerful for me.

  • Anonymous

    May 21, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I love this idea of allowing your summer to follow a theme. We generally go with the summer theme of ADVENTURE, but this year we’re staying a little closer to home, although our girls are going to sleep-away camp for the first time. So, I’m going to go with KEEP IT SIMPLE. I’m looking forward to longer days, lingering in my children’s laughter; picnics at the pool; time to have playdates we’re too busy to arrange during the school year; dinners with new & old couple friends; glasses of rose with my husband on our screened porch, and the simplicity of choosing JOY over obligation.

    A side note for moms out there with little bitties: I used to dread summer, as my children are each two (or less than two) years apart. Life felt crazy and hectic all the time, and I was so very tired. I added to that stress by feeling so GUILTY for not getting excited about an unstructured, unsupported season that was supposed to be magical. Cut yourselves some slack. Get a babysitter when you need one … or, perhaps, before you need one. Be okay with the fact that your theme for the summer might need to be SURVIVAL or SANITY, and know that your kids will be just fine with a baby pool, popsicles and bubbles in the back yard!

  • Varina Willse

    May 21, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    DISCOVERY.

  • Varina Willse

    May 21, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Mine may be This is Enough. This moment, this day, this activity–it’s enough.

  • Anonymous

    May 23, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    My theme is to stop rushing. And to be mindful to appreciate each day. So that the first day of school doesn’t arrive right after I think I am in the first days of summer.
    I love the reminder to lie in the grass and look at the clouds. I am making a promise to myself to do that too.

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    May 27, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Silliness

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