And so the summer falls…
It’s officially fall again. Summer 2011 – gone. My first “real” summer as a stay at home mom. (I don’t really count last summer as we weren’t on a real schedule – we were on a newborn’s schedule.) And I must say, it wasn’t what I thought it would be.
I spent years sitting in a cubical staring out at the blue sky and green grass wishing I didn’t work at a M-F 9-5 job so that I would be able to enjoy the summer. I daydreamed of the tan I would have, beach I would frequent, books I would read and ice cream I would eat. But June, July and August would pass and I’d find myself welcoming fall as pale as ever saying “maybe next year.” Well, next year finally came and ya know what, I’m still pale, I went to the beach once (and it was a small lake in the area), I’ve been reading the same book for months and I’m back on a dairy-free diet. The moral of the story? The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.” ~ Robert Fulghum
Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed my summer. I enjoyed not working. I enjoyed seeing every moment of my daughter’s transformation to todderhood. I enjoyed meeting friends at the park. I enjoyed a few non-dairy smoothies. I enjoyed iced tea and reading my Kindle in the sun. I enjoyed weekends outside. And I enjoyed my 1 visit to the “beach” (and I’ll never forget it! I was there when NY got a taste of what an earthquake is). But the truth is, planned life never turns into real life…so you have to learn to enjoy where you are and what you have.
“Water” the grass that you’re standing on instead of wishing it weren’t dry. Make the most of where you’re at. Enjoy this stage in life, even if it’s a hard one. See the cup for what it is – whether it be half full or half empty. Just don’t miss this moment in your life. You’ll never get it back. Every second that passes cannot return so please take a minute, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and think about your day. Remember yesterday. Take a glimpse back into last week, last month, last year…notice the different stages of life you’ve gone through. The good fly by and the bad drag on but all stages do pass. Enjoy the grass that your feet are planted on. And if you’re standing on concrete – go find some grass, that’s where all the nutrient-filled soil is!