Oh, the lazy days of summer and the childhood memories that each one of us has! Drive-in movies, catching fireflies, picking berries, sleepovers with best friends, riding bikes all around town, going to the beach, fishing, camping, marveling at fireworks, eating popsicles and ice cream, and spending time at our grandparents’ or cousin’s houses doing lots of different activities. How many of us today know what a lazy day of summer means? It’s taking care of the yard, running endless errands with children and grandchildren and work – let’s not forget that job that takes a huge chunk out of our day….so the lazy days of summer do make me smile because that was how it was even back when I was a child. Mom and dad didn’t know many of those days, and the only one I truly remember that they would rest was on Sunday, and that was a Sabbath for them and for us, unless we could skip away to the nearest pool….which was no easy trip, by far!
Many adults often long for “those good ole’ days” when life seemed so much simpler. Days when there was no school, no work, no schedule, less pressure and lots more fun! It is funny how I still can remember playing outside under the street lights with my friends until we heard the voice of one of our moms….it didn’t matter if it was your mom or someone’s mom you were playing with – you responded and went home. For those with chronic illness, we also think of days when we could enjoy an early morning run, swim until we turned into a prune, rode bikes, played ball until we dropped, or camped out in our backyard without regard for bug bites, backaches, or lack of sleep. Dipping into times past is a memory building block that most of us don’t build too often.
In reading the favorite summer memories of those participating in a close friend’s Bible Study, the one memory that was repeated over and over again was spending time with grandparents at their home and doing such things as milking cows, picking vegetables from their garden, picking berries from a bush or vine, sitting on the front porch, listening to their stories, feeding chickens and sharing a popsicle or ice cream with them. All of my grandparents had died by the time I was born, so I missed out on this generous love…however, having my own grandchildren, I have learned the easy lesson that we can love, spoil and treat them…..and send them home.
Are you a grandparent? Ever think that inviting your grandchildren to visit and asking them to do everyday tasks with you could be a vacation for both you and your grandchildren? They get a different routine, and you get grandchildren full of energy willing to run errands, to help with your tasks, to listen to your memories of your childhood summers, and to have adventures with you! It’s a win-win vacation opportunity that will make memories for you and your grandchildren. If you’re a parent, visiting your parents for a few days this summer could create memories for three generations of those you love. Warning – do his while the “grands” are still young, because the teen years come all too soon and the precious children whose hands we held so dearly seem to disappear into thin air.
As summer has descended upon us, we allow ourselves to think “back when” and for the younger ones to think “fast forward” let’s also carve out a bit of time to observe Sabbath in our own way and replenish our souls and those souls around us. It is food and nourishment for us and helps us to connect with God in a way that we sometimes just cannot do in our day to day activities. Life is hectic, so let’s all try to slow it down a bit, journal, do prayer meditation or walks and enjoy the beauty of the day that God has blessed us with…..life is tenuous and can change in a heartbeat, so let’s take the moment and do our work, but also do our rest and commune with God.