Getting through the dog or cat days of summer
W i t h G r a c e
We welcomed the summer solstice under a strawberry moon, and it was amazing. I’m always kind of excited when summer is officially here because, even though I still am juggling work and various schedules for the kids, it seems like there is a little more of a relaxed atmosphere, and I can dig that. It’s nice to slow the pace even for an all-too-short month or so.
With the exception of those who apparently did not get the memo that summer means slow down, and proceed to race around in a ridiculous hurry to get who knows where. I’m talking to you in the white Mini convertible who screamed profanities at me when I signaled to stop and get gas this morning in town. I could hear you with my windows up and AC on and probably so did most of the children in a block radius. Relax. Please, I beg you, we all need a little unwind time.
Even so, as I curse the traffic under my breath and begin to think of creative alternate routes to avoid 301, 404 and 50 at all costs, I am mentally calculating the many joys of summer vacation. No checking homework, no last minute I forgot school projects due in 24 hours, no practices — with the exception of swim, which is by the pool, so not exactly a hardship — and I’m relieved for all of us. I’m ready to take a short break from the chaos and the politics and unplug. I think that is going to do all of us some good.
Last week I promised to get the littles a wading pool that they could keep cool in for days they had to wait to get in the big pool.
We were in the car heading out to run errands and I heard my 7-year-old ask, “Is today the day we are going to get the cat a pool?” Get the cat a pool?! I wasn’t sure where he was going with this until he reminded me, you said we were going to get a cat pool.
“No, honey,” I said, “I told you we were going to get a ... ohhh ... kiddie pool,” as soon as I said it, I laughed. Credit to the kids who were willingly going along with my idea to get a “kitty pool,” even though they in their infinite wisdom knew cats don’t like to get wet.
No wonder they think grown-ups are dumb. But I love that they were polite enough not to point out the obvious! Mission accomplished and no cats got wet in the process.
However you find to enjoy the summer I hope you have as much fun as we are planning to and that you enjoy it safely. Go with grace.