Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sabbath Summer

Sabbath means rest.

Now that two of my three kids have been in school, they need their Summer rest in a different way. Daniel is itching to play Legos in his room, uninterrupted, all day, in his pajamas. Mercy just wants to draw or make crafts. When I suggest it's time to start her reading she groans and asks, "Do I have to? I'm s-o-o-o-o tired." Her emotional pendulum is swinging wildly, like a teenager, bursts of uncontrollable crying over Daniel winning Uno, Gracie sitting where she wanted to sit on the couch, or not being able to wear her too short play shorts to school.

The last thing we need is a big summer manifesto. The last thing we need is a long list of things we hope to go and do and accomplish and take advantage of before the kids return to school.

We all need a little Summer Sabbath, and thank-you Jesus, it's coming, in three short days.

We have sabbath plans.

To read at least a dozen read aloud books. Including The Talented Clementine and Clementine's Letter. We're going to try out Utterly Me, Clarice Bean and Marty Mcguire.

We have sabbath plans.

To eat dinner outside, as many times as weather will allow. This just might necessitate finally getting a picnic table, but we aren't going to wait for it before we start eating lunches and dinners outside. (Electronics and physically large purchases sometimes always take a while to happen at our house.)

We have sabbath plans.

To move bedtime an hour later. (And I hope that means we get to sleep in an hour later too, but probably not.)

We have sabbath plans.

To say yes more to bike rides in the evenings when Daddy is home.

We have sabbath plans.

To eat lots of watermelon and popsicles and drippy ice cream cones.

No big summer manifesto. No big list of things we want to accomplish, just plans to sabbath this summer.

What about you?

cami

4 comments:

  1. Yes! Dinner outside, lots of time to just enjoy and BE. I agree 100%!

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    1. I kind of like fixing plates in the kitchen and carrying them out. So much less mess to clean up!

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  2. Good for you! Did you ask your kids specifically what they wanted, or did you just deduce from their comments and actions regarding other things? Either way, you're very wise.

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    1. Didn't even really ask this year. Decided for them, based on their reactions the last few months. I am sure we will do some spontaneous mini trips. But if there isn't a lot of planning so much of the stress and fatigue is avoided. Plus, if it doesn't happen, no one is disappointed. I just want to enjoy the pace of slower, quiet days, without guilt. I want to be rested enough to giggle with them and say "yes" more than I say "no".

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