We're now into three weeks of summer vacation and I've fully surrended to it. I figured I'd better make a list before summer is over, so here it is.
- Naps. A summer day is incomplete without a nap.
- Low stress. What is there to worry about? Not much.
- Lack of constant recurring "Mr. Fix" questions, requests, or complaints from middle schoolers. When I see a middle schooler out and about, it's very comforting to know that I don't have to worry about their behavior.
- Weekdays are just like weekend days. What day is it today? I don't know. Sundays are like Tuesdays. Saturdays are like Mondays. There is nothing more satisfying than going to a late movie Sunday night and not worrying about going to work the next day. You almost feel sorry for those saps that have to go into work Mondays. Almost.
- No parent emails. I don't have to cringe when I check my work email (why would I check my work email?) and see those helicopter parents' names in the inbox.
- Running errands during the day. It's not enjoyable to do errands, but it is more pleasant to go into a store at 10am on a weekday when stores are less crowded.
- Exercise. I can do any kind of exercise, any time during the day, then of course take the required nap after.
- Trips. I can take that hiking trip, biking trip, trip to the lake, etc.
- Chores. Not fun, but I have time to do them, and time to procrastinate.
- Read. I don't have to feel guilty reading instead of correcting papers, lesson planning, etc.
- Summer still has a special place in my life. Most adults don't get to enjoy summers anymore. It was a special time only during childhood. I glad I don't have to give that up.
- Recharge my brain. When summer ends (shudder), I will be more than ready to take on the new school year with fresh new ideas.
My only complaint about summer break? It's way too short.