Do you know that Gershwin tune from Porgy and Bess? It makes me want to grab a fishing pole and run barefoot down to the river abandoning all the e-mails demanding answers, escaping whatever needs editing, or paying attention to various projects lined up to be completed. Just retreat from it all.
When I was about 12, my older brother and I went to Farmer’s Union Youth Camp for a whole week. The only time in our childhood we had a camp experience. Through the generosity of our neighbor on the next farm, who was president of the local chapter of the Farmer’s Union at the time, we had five days of sleep away camp without parents or little brother and sisters. I remember hiking up steep trails around Whitewater State Park, sleeping in bunk beds, eating with 100 other kids and enjoying a very liberating experience among peers rather than being George and Florence’s oldest boy and oldest girl. We even made crafts and sang silly songs around a campfire. (My mother had those plaster-of-paris apples and bananas we painted hanging in the kitchen for a long, long time.) At the end of the week we put on a show! We performed skits and other various forms of bad entertainment for each other.
I hope you can reach back into your memories to find a summer experience to bring you a smile or two. I may just go pick up some paint and a ceramic bit of fruit and recreate one of my favorite experiences. What about you?
Here’s a small mid-summer suggestion to help you achieve your own easy living…Take a Break!
Don’t let the summer pass you by without indulging in at least an ice cream treat, a walk around the block, or even getting your feet wet!. Your stress level will go down and your productivity will go up after you give yourself permission to have fun with a mini summer vacation. Don’t forget the sunscreen!