We are looking down on 95 days of summer vacation. 95 days. I’m letting that number sink in for a minute. Because in our house, all of the adults work. And the child does not. For 95 days. This creates an interesting challenge.
And while I’m super down with not having to wrestle a child out the door every morning before sunlight, I’m also not sure how we’re going to fill 2,375 hours. Productively. Nutritionally. Without killing each other. So right now, the wide open space of nothingness is daunting. Of course I’m into the slow days of porch swings and soccer balls and lightning bugs. At least in theory. But, on the other hand, none of us sit still very well, and well, there are things to be done.
So I asked Harry last week what he wanted to accomplish this summer. He said he wanted to play video games. Right. And eat. Got it. So that will get us past the first morning.
So I suggested we make a plan.
Here’s Harry’s plan for summer, age 7.
1. Go on the Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn 10 times.
2. Go down a slide into sharks.
3. Eat a lot of donuts.
4. Get ready for the Olympics in swimming. (I think this means go to the pool a lot.)
5. Get ready for the Olympics in soccer.
6. Go to a Harlem Globetrotter clinic. And pull someone’s pants down.
7. Learn to ride a bike.
8. Read some things. (We’re going to do the Scholastic Summer Challenge)
9. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean
10. Learn to water ski. (He asks…Can you water ski in the Atlantic Ocean and jump over sharks?)
So there you go. Basically he’s eating donuts and training for the Olympics while sliding into and/or jumping over sharks.
I went ahead and made a list too. And, my list is pretty slow and super boring compared to Harry’s, as it doesn’t involve sharks.
1. Swim in the coldest river in Texas.
2. Go to the LBJ ranch.
3. Grow and can five different things.
4. Make and master homemade bread.
5. Read 3 books.
6. Find an exercise I like and do it routinely. (If only so I can guiltlessly eat the homemade bread.)
7. Finish the kitchen.
8. Finish the front room of the house.
9. Get over my fear of sleeping outside.
10. Go on the Master Blaster 10 times with Harry.
Harry insisted that his dad make a list too.
It should be an interesting summer.
What are you doing?
How do you fill 95 days?
I’m open to any and all ideas. Especially those that involve sharks.