Summer time….and the living is easy!

heat-149937__180Well, that’s the way it’s supposed to be, right?  And there are certainly some “easy” moments I’ve experienced, but the truth is, I have filled some of many days planning and thinking about the next school year…..thinking about what worked last year and, of course, what didn’t…..thinking about rearranging the room (for the hundredth time)….thinking about setting up new systems for tracking data (or do I just keep the old?)….all of these things and more roll around in my brain as I ponder being the best teacher that I can be.   I know I have lots of things I need to improve but there were also things that worked well last year so I won’t be “throwing out the baby with the bath water” as my grandmother used to say.

All that being said, though, there is something very beneficial about taking the time to  refresh ourselves from the daily routine during the school year.  That  refreshing can take place in a lot of ways and a lot of places, too.  Sitting on your back porch and thinking about absolutely nothing…….paying the bill for the person behind you in line at Starbuck’s……going for a swim…..relaxing in a daytime movie….reading a book for fun….teaming up with some friends for a girls’ day out…hitting the flea markets….even cleaning out closets can be refreshing if you actually have the time to do it well!  Whatever you do to refresh yourself, make it count.  Don’t think about school.  Focus on that moment in time and just relax.   You will enjoy each day so much more when you take time for yourself AND you will be better prepared to start back to school when the time comes.

Roald Dahl said it best, I think, in Charlie and the Great GlassElevator  when he said, “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.”

So, what are YOU doing for ‘refreshment’ this summer?
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2 thoughts on “Summer time….and the living is easy!

  1. Cyndi July 15, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I remember when I was teaching – the first two weeks of summer I was usually sick! It was like my system had been saving it up until I could take a break. I always had to take care and be gentle with myself for those weeks. This summer, I have a glamping trip planned with my family at the world’s longest fresh water beach, a trip on the Thomas the Tank Engine train booked with other family, and many many unscripted days hanging out in the hammock in the backyard with a good book on the agenda.

    • bmccreight@bryantschools.org July 19, 2016 at 3:54 am

      It all sounds wonderful but the hammock and book idea is my fav! What a heavenly way to spend a hot summer day!

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