I did make a summer wish list- kind of a combination of challenges, goals, and want-to’s. I did/do have some things I have to do this summer.
When I read Kate Messner’s introduction to Teachers Write yesterday I took her at her word. I have participated in this every summer and always get out what I put in, so I knew she had wise words (which seemed to speak directly to me).
As I sat on my balcony this morning breathing deeply I could almost smell the squishy ground between the trees. I could feel the cool rock as I flipped it over. I could see the worms and assorted insects burrowing deeper in the ground to be safe yet again. I could also feel the smooth skin on the lucky days when I found a salamander I could inspect for a minute or two before I put her back and she skittered away. I was 50 years younger. Always being someone who burned easily I was the one in the shade on those endless sunny summer days of so long ago.
Today it is a different kind of summer giving me the shade I need. Instead of turning over rocks and schlepping through the mud I am mostly staying in my apartment and finding my adventures via the pages of books. It is a solitary summer of not going “home” to see family again. I know I am lucky to have this quiet time, because it is true, the 16 months have been exhausting and this is how I can breathe more deeply. Rumors of another lockdown? Grab another book and go to another place or time.
My #bookaday is allowing me to feel all the feels. This summer I am crying and laughing. I am imagining which readers may “need” the book I have just finished. I am trying out genres that are not my favorites and surprising myself sometimes. I have books that make me think and books that let me not. I am traveling vicariously.
I am also writing- notes from pd, lists, letters, serious, and silly- there is room for it all this summer. Traveling backwards and forward in time this way is what need too.
May your summer give you some space and time to breathe deeply.