Some days we need our routines, our consistency, our predictability. But this week, today: may you see an easy win and go for it, even if it isn’t in the plans.
Spend all day at the beach, or the pool, or in someone else’s backyard. Don’t contingency plan, don’t pack for every possible outcome. Grab suits and snacks, and go.
Remember that watermelon cures all manner of ills, whether first thing in the morning or in the late-afternoon stretch. So does popcorn, for that matter. (Those are what we call “the two food groups of summer.”)
Hit the park after dinner and play until dark, or snuggle in to watch a movie on a weeknight.
Don’t watch the clock. Watch your people. Head to bed when they’re drooping, or let them all snooze on the couch. Worse things have happened.
Skip the clean jammies and the baths and the hair brushing. Wipe down their muddy feet and let them fall into bed.
We’re not talking about their whole childhoods. No one’s going to turn feral in a day. Let the rules go. Give yourself a summer break, even if you’re not going anywhere at all.
May you have a chance to say yes to the easy win this week. Seize the season.
I’m posting a few words of midweek encouragement here for you — and for me — over the summer.