During the summer, after the end of the school year, it takes me at least a month if not more to de-stress. I mean, I enjoy my job but, dead lord, it’s seriously stressful. This summer, I’ve done very little because the school year has been one of the hardest and most challenging I’ve had in my entire 14 years of teaching (seriously).
It’s also rained more here in South Carolina than it has in the past 12 summers I’ve lived here. So, I’m reading. Or, when it’s sunny, hanging out in the lake. Seriously, I try to do as little as possible during the months of June and July because it helps me regenerate those brain cells that I’ve exploded during the school year due to overuse and stress.
And my dogs join me. We celebrate ‘merica and stuff.
The sunset is particularly fantastic. Especially when we travel up to Bomb Island and visit the Purple Martin birds that flock to Lake Murray by the thousands (over 700,000 birds come to roost on this little island in the middle of the lake by the end of July. It’s crazypants). And then we play Patriotic Dog as the flag flies and the sun sets in the background.
Of course, there’s nothing like a nice frosty adult beverage to cool that thirst as we travel around Lake Murray. Blue toes and a suspicious dog complete the picture (ah, if only I had a book. That would make it absolute perfection).
Then, when we’re home, we play out in the yard. Until we want to come in. Then we make weird faces through the screen door, because that makes Mom, who’s inside and enjoying a cold beverage of some sort and probably eating, move faster (ha).
When we’re done with our good times in the sun, we snuggle on the couch are read. Despite the heat, the pups enjoy staring. For hours until someone pets them. Or until someone (like me) yells at them to go lay down.
Quite possibly the best way to end a perfect summer day…
So, how’s your summer going? (Seriously, I hate how quickly summer moves. I swear it was the beginning of June just a week ago!)
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