Sometimes I envision my summer of working only one full time job as freeing.
I envision my summer full of long days of reading, basking in the sunshine with a book, gifted with uninterrupted time in another world, sneaking in reading during breakfast and lunch and in between, finishing a book a day, reading and reading and reading only to read some more ...
Instead my true summer quickly reminds me that being a full time mom is full time.
My true summer includes making multiple meals a day, doing the dishes multiple times a day, starting another load of laundry, picking up toys, planning activities, picking up more toys, slathering on sunscreen, calming the sibling banter, visiting the library, reading aloud picture books ...
Nah. It's not all bad. I love every minute with my two girls with many moments to treasure.
Like this ...
I finally got wrapped up in a real adult book. It's been a long time since I read a big person book, but I fell into the life of The Girl on the Train. I was stealing reading time whenever I could. I even asked my hubby if he would play with the girls outside last Saturday so that I could lay in the hammock and read ... just for twenty minutes. (Or what truthfully became an hour!) A gift of time to read that I rarely ask for.
At one point, the girls joined me in the hammock. I continued to read.
"Wow. That's a lot of words on the page," M. noted.
"Mmm hmmm," I murmured in response, continuing to read.
After a couple more minutes, P. politely interrupted.
"Excuse me, Mommy? But what are you doing?"
"I'm reading, honey," I laughed, not quite sure what she meant.
"But, I don't hear you reading," she explained.
"Oh, no! I'm not reading out loud like when I read to you. I'm reading the words in my head," smiling at her innocent thinking.
Then she smiled and put her ear right next to my ear. I guess she was curious about all those words!