As much fun as it is to go off on summer adventures around the world, it can be just as memorable to stay close to home with the ones you love and take advantage of those long, lazy sunny days. Find a porch and a friend, grab a mimosa or glass of lemonade, and settle in to a cozy conversation, catching up about the busy year.
Most of us run at 90 miles an hour during the year, juggling work, family, exercise, school, and volunteering. It can be exhausting! Summer is perfect for taking that time to be refreshed and restored – to reconnect with our family and friends in a way that we can’t when we are just running from one place to the next.
Don’t let this time pass you by! Put dates on the calendar for yourself and your kids if they are at home with you. Meet at a lake or pool, and let the kids get lost in play for hours while you connect with your bestie.
Some things you can make sure to touch base about:
- How’s your health? As we get older, it seems like there is always something big or little that’s nagging at us. Most of try to figure it out on our own or play it off to be no big deal. But usually these things don’t just affect us physically, but emotionally as well. Take time to ask and really listen, offering help where you can.
- How is your family? No one likes to admit when they are having “issues” as a wife or mom. But let’s be honest. Relationships are messy, even with the ones we love the most. It usually helps to talk about things with a friend before they feel too overwhelming. Be that voice of encouragement, perspective, and wisdom for a friend, and accept it if that’s what you need yourself.
- How’s your heart? “What have you been learning about? What new things are you up to? What does the next year look like for you and how can I help?” – are all great questions to ask. These are the fun things to talk about that we usually don’t get to share in passing between soccer practice or PTA meetings.
These questions can all certainly be answered with “fine.” But if we settle for that, we miss out on those remarkable conversations that happen when we really take the time to slow down and dig deep. That’s what summer can do for you if you let it! Make it remarkable for yourself, family, and friends.