I am so happy to make this simple announcement: it is finally summer! To say that I have been overwhelmed and exhausted from work is an understatement, but it's the kind of exhaustion that comes from working really hard and seeing the fruit of your labors. Even though teachers usually continue their work throughout the summer by taking classes or working on new material for the upcoming year, it is nice to have a symbolic end to our job. It's nice to work hard, have a deadline, reflect on our actions, and celebrate the rewards.
On Memorial Day, Cory and I headed to a nearby State Park, Cunningham Falls. It's a natural lake and waterfall area where you can go hiking, climb the waterfalls, or simply lay out on the sand. We had the best time getting dirty by climbing the falls and soaking up the sunshine while enjoying the cool water. As we sat there, I realized how much I miss interacting with nature on a regular basis. Those few moments of quiet and contemplation helped me focus on what I want to get out of this summer and what I want to focus on. I have been thinking about writing a summer manifesto, similar to Elise's and Delightfully Tacky's list of summer intentions. I want to make sure it's meaningful and will still hold me accountable for all those things that make summer summer. I think I just want to be patient and work on this list throughout the weekend.
So, that's what I'm thinking about on this first night of summer. What are the things that make summer so meaningful to you? Do you plan a yearly trip or participate in little traditions?