There was a time when summer had a definite beginning and and end to it. Those were the days when the children were at school. Now it should feel like summer all the time has i neither have children at school any more, although i have one daughter still at university, and because of my health i no longer work, but the lazy-hazy days of summer seem to be missing.
Summer would have been a time of late nights and later mornings. There was no rushing here or there. I was so much more organised in those days than i am today. I would make sure the kitchen was cleared and cleaning after dinner the evening before and the breakfast dishes were all set out on the table before i went to bed. The washing machine hummed it way though the evening and sometimes into the night. In the mornings breakfast was eaten and lunches were packed and off we went for the day, we were seldom back until it was time for tea.
Today, as in this particular day, my house looks like a tornado has swept through it, but it hasn’t. Dishes are piled high in the kitchen waiting for the scullery maid to appear, which i do not have. My university aged daughter is sleeping on a mattress on the lounge floor, her things piled around her as her room is occupied by her sister and her daughter, my granddaughter. In the attic is sleeping yet another daughter, a son-in-law and yet another granddaughter. When i am not falling (climbing) over university ‘things’ i am climbing over baby things, strewn here and there and just about everywhere. My children have a mother who loves them very dearly, but will be truly thankful when they take all there things and put them somewhere else.
Normally, in days past, over the summer we would join the library activities and read-a-thon, spend hours in one park or another, sometimes on our own, sometimes with others. It was cereal, orange juice and toast for breakfast; sandwiches, fruit, crisps and often ice cream for lunch, and there would often be crisp fresh salad for tea (or was that a memory from my summer holiday days) Today it sleep till lunch and mooch about half asleep for the rest of the day, then a take away for tea, but not me, thanks! Back then we spent only what we had and that was never very much but today it’s all about the shops, and fast food places to eat. Today our waist lines get bigger and our purses get thinner.
There is so much beauty out there that is all free so pack up your lunch and go out and see. See how little you can spend having fun, instead of worrying about how you are going to be able to pay for it all. Life is full of wonders, all free to the eye. What you do each day your children will see and not only want what you had, but twice as much and more. The schools are not out for the summer just yet, but i see that the sun shining and the air warm and it’s free for all to enjoy.