We spend a week each summer visiting my parents on Long Island, and we always pick one touristy thing to do in the City while we are there, but for the most part we spend the time with my parents on the boat, swimming and fishing. This summer both kids participated in Camp Invention again, but that is just a week of day camp. That right there is the extent of summer planning, travel, and activities for my kids.
Oftentimes RJ and Lil just play inside with Legos, Calico Critters, or whatever else they deem interesting, but for the most part they are outside helping me, hanging out with the animals, playing, or in the pool. I know that these days are on the brink of extinction for us. I know that soon their summer will be filled with required practices and camps for sports. I know that within just a few years they will have interests that go beyond our little family and what we have here.
...but for right now I am going to look at this picture of these two chairs and be thankful that Lily moved them. The chairs are usually around the fire pit, but when it is 90° and you make lunch for your brother, you need a place to sit and eat that is shady.
The day Lily moved these chairs I looked over to see the two of them sitting quietly, eating, discussing, planning. There are definitely moments that I only hear screaming and crying, but for the most part these chairs symbolize their friendship and love for each other. These chairs illustrate what is important in our summers, being with each other, enjoying what we have, and relaxing at home. These chairs represent the things that I hope never dominate our lives, over planning, constant busyness, the need to always travel, and the desire to find the next ‘best thing’.
Simple is good. Simple and appreciation for the things we have at home are what drive me to make home better. This will all change soon, so for now I am going to relish these short lived lazy summer days...and these two chairs.