So my last few weeks have been fully occupied with entertaining my kids. A preschool graduation. A third-grade conclusion. Trips to the park. Trips to the pool. A movie. Digging, sprinkler, fights over Magna Tiles. And in between, I just didn't want to sit down and compose a witty line or two about the latest shirt or bracelet or print I was coveting.
Actually, I'm trying to covet things less in general. Admire, sure. Recommend, of course. Enjoy, definitely. But as I need to do occasionally, I'm trying to back away from all the stuff. It's one of my summer goals. Oh, I've got a few of my customary general resolutions, like "stay in shape" and "shop less" and "be outside as much as possible" and "make things with my hands." And there's my more specific, ever more pressing need to find some meaningful projects for myself, now that my kids are in camp all day (and even more once Tessa joins Charlie at elementary school this fall). I'm not sure what form that "meaningful project" will take, but I've been composing pitch letters and brainstorming story ideas on the fly (my phone's Notes app is overflowing).
And I love Catherine's idea, making a point of connecting with someone: an old friend you've fallen out of touch with, a new acquaintance who seems interesting. Here's to summer connections.