Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: I can't believe the end of August is here. I had such grand plans for the summer. I was going to get a loft bed for my son, so I could put a desk in his room. I was going to paint the bed currently in his room and move it into my daughter's room. I was going to research middle-school options for my other daughter. I was going to try to get my parents to have a caregiver come more often. Instead of just seeing them on the weekends, I was going to go over during the week, too. I was going to exercise and lose ten pounds. I was going to write -- really write: I'd start that novel, or at least knock off a few short stories. Why, if I just wrote five or 10 pages a day, it would be done in no time!
I'd like to say I did all of those things, but I didn't. What I did
do was take an amazing roadtrip with my kids, enjoying them and the fantastic West. I saw a lot of nature this summer: the red cliffs of Zion; the majesty of the Grand Tetons
; the blue, blue water of Crater Lake; the unbelievable, unending Grand Canyon; the crashing waves of the Pacific; the hot, still California
desert. I watched my kids grow this summer, too: my super-capable almost-kindergartner; my ready-to-be-independent preteen; my sweet, quirky one-in-the-middle who holds them together. I read a lot this summer, too, stealing an hour in the middle of the day or staying up way too late at night, yawning but not wanting to put down a book so funny/sad/true.
This summer, I may not have accomplished all that I set out to do, but I find myself renewed, recharged and ready to face the new school year. And maybe that's what summer is supposed to be for us: a time to pause and take a breath, then another, deeper one ....
What a good summer it turned out to be! How was yours?