07 Jun the known and the unknown
I’ve been doing so much thinking about summer lately. I’m teaching Picture Summer for one thing (there’s still time to sign up!). And I’ve been asked to share images, ideas and thoughts about what I look forward to and love about summer. I could write volumes about what I love about it but even still, I can write a list equally as long about the things I don’t like about it. I know, it might seem crazy or even impossible to find fault with a couple of months; it’s merely a season after all. And a simple one at that, where long days and warm breezes should lift spirits and encourage childhood memories and nostalgia. Well, truth is, summer is all of that for me, there is no doubt about it; when I am in the frame of mind to love and appreciate those gifts of which I am not always.
Summer also means loosing myself. And not in a good way. Losing my time to be home alone, in peace and quiet, losing undivided time to concentrate, be productive, write, blog or anything else I do on days to myself. I know this feeling well, as most mothers do where days are a blur of multi-tasking hell where nothing really feels accomplished and everything seems to be held together with thins threads pulled as tight and frayed as we are. I have long left the days of when my children tugged at the apron strings 24/7 and I have slowly staked my claim on glorious school days, structure and set hours of productivity where I have had some kind of control of what was done and when. But in the summer, all bets are off.
I’m sure many of you feel the same way and I’m probably preaching to the choir but I can tell you that as I wind down this school year, I am really trying to gear up for summer with a deliberate plan. I know all about the pitfalls of the season now. What I don’t know is how to effectivly avoid them. But what I’m willing to do this summer is open myself to learning how to travel the path into the unknown and learn a new way to do it; sunscreen on, eyes wide open, heart ready to receive. Any suggestions are greatly and humbly welcome.
What do you know of summer? What don’t you know? What are you willing to learn?