In a month, the sun will set on summer and fall schedules will be underway. Given the speed at which September through December usually progresses, I feel like August is the last chance to catch a breath before the year takes over. My wish is that folks treat themselves to a civilized August, similar to how the French take the whole month off, or how New Yorkers flee to the Hamptons. If we can slow things down by stepping out of our normal routines, maybe we'll start to gain some time back, or at least not loose it so quickly.
The plan might possibly be working, because I've finally gotten a chance to read more books! This one, Traveling With Kids (my very favorite subject!) by Leslie Forsberg and Michelle Duffy, hits the mark right here:
Even if it requires some work to manifest, spending time with our children away from daily routines can be transformative...If we slow down and try to see the world through their eyes, we can find the kid inside ourselves that we've forgotten for a long time. When you go on a trip with your children, breathe deeply, kick off your shoes, and plunge wholeheartedly into adventures. You may find yourself grinning so broadly that your cheeks hurt.
Whether at home or away, with kids or without kids, my Dream this Monday is that folks can plunge wholeheartedly into August, grinning broadly.