Child Care

Summer Vacation

Today is the first day of summer vacation for the children in our school district, as well as many others in the area.  One of the children in our program attended kindergarten this past year, so this is his first taste of “summer vacation.”  He is so excited!  My granddaughter just completed 1st grade and she too is excited about this taste of freedom.  Having been through this once before, she is now an “expert” on the subject of what summer vacation is and what it should be used for.


As an adult who is long past that period of my life, I find myself envious of their freedom.  I do NOT want to go back to my childhood and do it all over again, but the idea of weeks of unscheduled time is incredibly appealing.  But we adults are all too ready to fill up the hours of vacation our children face.  So we schedule them for camps and lessons and sports and the two months of summer race by and are gone.


I have discovered that the older I get the faster time passes.  A day seemed to last forever when I was young, but not anymore.  Those of us who are adults, and have the great good fortune to spend time with children, need to allow those children the luxury of time to just “be.”  A child finds it easy to stop, look, and watch a snail oozing its way down a sidewalk.  We need to stop, too, whether we are with a child or alone.  It’s summer.  I love the music of Porgy and Bess.  A song from that musical, “Summertime,” illustrates the wonder of summer beautifully:  “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy.”  The music is slow and drawn out.  You can feel the warm breeze and the heat of the sun as you listen to it. 


So on this first day of “summer vacation,” find the time to take a vacation each day.  If you can find a child to do it with, that’s great, but you don’t need one.  Just stop what you’re doing, get a cold glass of something wet and delicious, lean back in a chair, and just feel God’s world around you.  Happy vacationing!

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