As we all know or have been reminded by our children fifty times a day it is now summer time. In their minds it means constant excitement, never a dull moment, and living in there swimsuit every day. While realistically none of that is possible, even the swimsuit one because eeew, kids are still expecting the summer of a life time.
In my life, this is the season for change. My husband gets a lot more time off in the summer because he is a teacher, although he works a little here and there we see each other a million times more which is mostly good. probably not for him around my certain time of the month, but we do enjoy seeing each other and spending more time together for the next little while.
I have wanted structure this summer which is like telling a mime to recite the gettysburg address. Organization and consistency just aren’t my forte. But alas I am trying it and seeing where it takes us this summer and hopefully that does not include a trip to the mental hospital when my eyes can’t stop twitching after the millionth time my four daughters have screamed that they are bored.
You know what I really want? A summer where my family and I truly spend time together, where we listen to each other and get things done. Where we work hard to play hard.
I happen to have a habit I have to stop immediately if I want this to happen. I need to pretty much have my iPhone surgically removed from my hand and pay attention to my life!
I have been going down this road for a little while now. To be more specific it’s the I am obsessed with looking at nonsense on my phone all the live long day road. My kids are so sick of this awful habit of mine that I am sure one of them will write a version of Cats in the Cradle about me and my phone when they are older. the chorus will go something like this.
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you looking up, Mom
I don’t know when, but we’ll finally make eye contact then.
You know we’ll see each other then.
I am finding the best way to stop this habit is to completely leave my phone in the car or even home (gasp!) I am not that popular of a person. Not that many people even call me. I have no idea why I have made it such a high priority to be so connected and aware of articles on Facebook like, 30 foods that can be easily shaped to look like the cast of goonies, or Click this article to learn the secret to an amazing diet consisting %100 of spam.
Your probably thinking I am too hard on myself and maybe I am but I do know for a fact that a person is on their phone too often when every time they pick up a book or a magazine they try to enlarge the print with their fingers before realizing that books and magazines do not do that!
So here is to a summer of being present, to a summer of not knowing about every vague or subliminal Facebook status someone may post. To actually being too busy playing a game with my kids to even think about instagraming a picture of me playing that game with my kids. It is summer after all so I think I will at least attempt to make it the summer of a lifetime.