I have to be honest. By the time August rolled around, I couldn’t wait for school to begin again. Not only did I love school, but in my child’s mind, all the good parts of summer were over.
And I was bored.
I had watched every episode of Gilligan’s Island. I was played out with my Barbies. I was even tiring of Nancy, Cherry and Trixie and was looking forward to a Social Studies text book.
Of course, it seems as if I got in trouble more those pesky weeks. I was restless and my mom was ready for school to begin so that she could have nice bouts of solitude.
And all I did each day had become a drag. I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast and then would be ushered outside to play until it got too hot (which was 10 AM in Texas!) I’d eat a bologna and cheese sandwich (with Miracle Whip) on Mrs. Baird’s white bread with a handful of Frito’s for lunch. Entertain myself with my books or dolls (and not bug my mom) and waited for my Dad to come home. Then, we’d continue in the same BORING routines: dinner, a little TV (re-runs – yawn) and bed.
Being bored and restless was the signal that it was time to go Back to School Shopping.
We’d head to Cox’s, Striplings, and Sanger Harris (all department stores which no longer exist these days) and though my mom loved shopping in her later years, her goal of Back to School shopping was to get as much done in one trip as possible. Then, it was time to go to Eckerd’s to stock up on notebook paper, folders, and fresh boxes of crayons.
I still love the smell of a fresh box of crayons.
Getting ready for school quelled the boredom of those last few weeks.
Though I didn’t get it then, now I get the twofold reason getting my ducks in a row shifted brain from BORED to ENGAGED.
- One – I was preparing myself for the future. Knowing that school was around the corner is different from actually preparing for it. Buying new clothes for school as well as paper and crayons was a concrete way to move into the next phase of my life.
- Two – I changed my routine. I got out of the rut of being home and equating it with being bored. After shifting from the ordinary day-to-day, I was happy to reengage in days spent doing the same thing. Even that cereal and the bologna and cheese on Mrs. Bairds.
Because you can enjoy every moment of your life just like you enjoy every drop of summer, but sometimes, you need to shake things up.
And that’s my final Summer Love Notes Challenge to you: shake up your routine.
Take a new route home. Try a new restaurant. Go to a different grocery store. Play hooky. Do something out of the norm. Try a new Starbucks on your way to work.
Instead of having coffee in the morning, have tea. Or, instead of having black coffee, have a latte.
Trade cars with your spouse. Get up early and watch the sun rise. Go for an evening walk.
Do something out of your norm.
Shaking up your routine will allow you to savor all the moments of your life – even the ones you thought were BORING.
While you’re shaking things up, snap a photo and share a glimpse of your shift it in your Social Media Streams (Facebook, Instagram) and tag it: #SummerLoveNotes – That way, we can all share in your personal quest for adventure.
Note: This Summer Love Notes Challenge #4 runs until August 15th.
About the Author – Debra Smouse
My truth? In order to live life the way you were meant to, you must fall in love with the day-to-day activity of living.
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