“No, thank you.”

In recent years I’ve slowly learned to say “no, thank you” to entities and activities that I truly did not want to partake in, and am now able to do so without guilt…most of the time.  I still tend to give in sometimes, but it is a little less the norm than it used to be.

This summer, I am saying “no, thank you” to all of the enticing camps and activities I could enroll my children in.  I am saying “yes, please” to family time, building a play house out of pallets, tending the garden, camping, and cabin time.  A few guitar, singing, and/or swimming lessons may make their way in, too.  For the most part, though, it will be a summer of down-time.

I will work my regular shifts and maybe pick up some extra when I can, and Alan will enjoy what may be his last summer off.  If or when he starts a job as a school administrator, he may work year-round.  It will be hard to say goodbye to these glorious summers off, and because of this, I don’t think I would mind if he kept his current job forever.  Teacher’s schedules are awesome.