When people ask me, "What do you do all Summer?" I say, "Whatever. I. Want." And yes, it's as glorious as it sounds. Now granted, I'm tutoring and participating in two professional development book clubs this summer, so it's not all fun and games. But mostly, it's just fabulous. This post is dedicated to all the things that make Summer glorious for teachers like yours truly.
1. Sleep: So this is what getting 8 hours feels like, huh? I might be a nicer teacher if I did this all the time. But alas, I'm not allowed to stay in bed until 10:30AM during the school year. Stay up late, sleep in late. That's my summer mantra.
2. Breakfast: I actually get to make breakfast in the summer. And I don't have to eat it while simultaneously driving my car to work. Welcome back, english muffins & turkey bacon.
3. Lunch: I can go out to lunch with friends like a real adult, you guys. And I can take longer than 20 minutes to eat if I want! Hashtag, marathon lunches.
4. Flip flops: All day, everyday. Unless I'm in the pool, 'cause you know, I don't need shoes then. Which brings us to number five...
5. Swimming: Is there anything better than floating around all afternoon at your leisure and (bonus) getting a tan? No, there is not. Shout out to Mom and Dad for keeping their pool in mint condition.
6. Reading: I love getting lost in a good book. And if I choose to stay up reading until 3:00 in the morning, so be it. I can always sleep in until lunch time.
7. No Calendar-Awareness: What day is it? I don't know, it's Summer.
8. Travel: Sure, let's go to the lake this month and then again next month. I don't have to ask off work for the next 10 weeks.
9. TV: Last night I found myself sucked into a Chopped marathon on the Food Network. The night before, it was House Hunters International on HGTV. Basically, Summer is what cable dreams are made of.
10. The Purge: No, I'm not talking about that stupid scary movie coming out soon. I'm referring to the opportunity to get my house organized and in order once again. I only have two cabinets in my bathroom, but I managed to fill an entire garbage bag with items that are either expired or I no longer need. And it felt glorious. Let it go, let it go!
11. Family Fun: My favorite thing of all is the family time that Summer provides. For me, that time means trips to the lake, swimming in my parents' pool, and seeing my niece as much as possible. It doesn't get better than that.
Did I mention that I love my job?
Even if you're not a teacher, I hope you're soaking up all the sun and fun you can afford. Happy Summer, y'all!