Climb More Trees
Well, I’ve done it already. I forgot my kids.
Not exactly. I remember their names. I just can’t keep the massive summer schedule in order and forgot to get them a ride home from swim practice. Oops.
Never fear – my intelligent son found himself a ride. But this leads me to the realization that our summer schedule is just rediculous.
8am Swimteam practice Thomas and Daniel
9am Swimteam practice Max
11am Swim lesson Annabelle
12:30 Tennis lessons Thomas
1:00 Tennis tournament Max
2:30 Bowling party Daniel
4:00 Swimteam all kids
6:15 Baseball game Max
6:30 Baseball practice Thomas
And that was just MONDAY!
It made me think of this kid…
When we visited his native home, he spent 2 hours climbing trees, gathering acai berries, and generally goofing around. He taught the other boys how to climb a tree using a cloth sling around the feet.
Isn’t that what kids are supposed to do? Climb trees? I struggle with this: how much is too much? I find myself getting caught up in the furry of it all.
The other day Dalai T started crying when I told him to get ready for afternoon swim practice. I immediately started getting hard ball on him until I realized: WHO THE HELL CARES? The dude is not striving to be an olympic swimmer!
I can easily find myself getting obsessed with the “schedule” and let the anxiety build up as I rush the kids from activity to activity. I constantly have to remind myself that being 10 minutes late the the 24th swim practice for a 6 year old isn’t life altering.
Laughing, playing and climbing trees, however, is…
Thus, this summer, one of my MAJOR GOALS is to lighten up, let some things go, and enjoy. I want to have fun, not just feel controlled by the calendar! So, when I opened up my email this morning, and read my weekly “Notes from the Universe” I felt like it was meant just for me:
Think of every single thing that you “have to” do to get through a day, lina, as things you “get to” do… before your turn is over.