Another school year has passed. Over the next few days, we will go through all the projects that came home from my children’s class and look back at the year through art, writing and reading projects. (We’ll skip the math sheets.) Many of the creations will be placed in a frame and take their rightful place on the family room wall with other beloved art.
Summer is a great time to catch up, clean up, sift out and re-organize. It’s also a great time to spend time with our kids doing things we normally wouldn’t do during the school year. As time quickly passes, I want to remember not to get so caught up with the “to do” list that I am not “doing” with my kids. One day, their presence in our home won’t be what it is now. I won’t find crayons in the silverware drawer or Polly Pockets under the sofa. Stuffed animals won’t be strewn on the sofa and as a result, the decorative sofa pillows will probably look unappealing and quite ordinary without a dirty sock or T-shirt strewn on top of it. Of course, I still have time before we leave the doll stage and look for colleges, but I see how quickly time is moving, and I need to move with it, alongside my kids in ways that count.
The poem below sums up how I want to be mindful of my choices this summer…and always. It’s amazing how one little word…one little action, can make an impact and contribution to our goals, values and relationships.
by Shel Silverstein
All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done…
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little DID.
Don’t let summer pass with woulda, coulda, shouldas…end the season with worthwhile dids.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE SOME OF YOUR “DIDS” TO BE WHEN YOU LOOK BACK OVER YOUR SUMMER?