It is a part of our human nature. We always want what we don’t have. We always look at what we don’t have and convince ourselves that it is much, much better than what we do have.
Case in point-- Not so long ago, my children and I were anxiously, really anxiously, anticipating our summer vacation. Nothing sounded better than a few months of no schedule, no academic responsibilities, no rigid routines, no pressure to get things done….. It sounded like bliss!
For the first few days, we just unwound. We had to adjust to the idea of filling our days with recreation instead of work. But, we welcomed it joyously. We delighted in the freedom of summer.
It didn't take long to settle into our summer routine of sleeping later, stretching our leisurely mornings out till lunchtime, lazing around accomplishing very little. It was enjoyable to have the opportunity to relax but relaxation started to look a bit like sloth.
Now, we are in the thick of summer. The days are hot, humid, and long. Our laziness is looking more and more like a bad habit that might just want to stick around into autumn. The lack of a schedule and regular routine is starting to wear on me and the children are getting bored with all those summertime activities they longed for during the school year.
I find myself looking forward, with great anticipation, to getting back into our school year. A little structure to our days is sounding... well, blissful really. I am seriously considering moving our first day of school up a few weeks and starting on August 1st instead of August 15th. The new school books are ready and waiting....
My only fear is-- once we get back into the grind of math worksheets, daily spelling tests, perplexing grammar concepts, complicated science lessons, etc…. summer vacation is going to look like a wonderful treat once again. I worry that a few days into our brand new school year, I will find myself looking longingly backwards and wishing again for the lazy days of summer…..