It’s Monday and I am writing my first ‘summer’ post. The definition of summer is, well, open to interpretation, but for me it’s summer and has been for seven days. I am not a meteorologist who define summer as June 1 and the summer solstice, which this year is Thursday, June 21 at 5:07 AM. I am school teacher and I define summer as the state of not having students in class from June to August. This year I have 72 days of summer break and I am going to make each one them count.
The week prior to school ending, I asked my students how they were going to make the summer break count and I passed out cards numbered 1-80. I’ve done this before and the results always surprise me. My students travel and travel far – Dubai, India, and China as well as our border states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, and Missouri. They look forward to summer camp, horseback riding, and being with friends. Their off to high school in August and their 80 days disappear as quickly as my 72 days do.
Now that doesn’t mean that I am going to sleep away my summer, far from it. In the seven days since summer began, I’ve been back in my classroom three days to work on a project and I am still not finished with it… I’ve been to the health club three times, though it should have been five times. I skipped yesterday and opted to watch the Astros play baseball.
It’s a Marvelous Monday because……
It’s the seventh day of summer break and 65 days remain. I enjoyed coffee with Ivy the Wonder Dog. She was barking to go out this morning and I let her out, started the coffee, and began my morning routine. When she came back in she curled up on the couch and dozed as only a dog can.
It’s rained for four days straight. Saturday and Sunday mornings brought heavy rain. The region is above normal precipitation and the yard is lush, green, and the garden is beautiful. I am thankful that my wife is a gardener and I am her helper. I pull weeds, haul bags of mulch, put mulch where I am told, trim branches, and whatever else is requested by the head gardener. Most importantly, I enjoy the garden and its beauty.
I am savoring a last sip of coffee for the morning. In a few hours I’ll be having my right knee replaced and begin a new journey of therapy and fitness. If all goes well, the left knee will follow in the coming year. I am excited and nervous. I know several folks who have had knee replacement surgery and they all share that it was a great experience – afterwards. All good things require hard work.
Last night, I had dinner with my son, W, and we enjoyed dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant. The food was excellent, it always is but being together was the reason for dinner. W surprised us a couple of months ago and announced he is joining the marines. We have a little less than the 65 days of my summer break before he reports to boot camp in August. Since his announcement, we have had Sunday morning breakfast together – just he and I – every Sunday morning, except two. Yesterday would have been a third, except we had dinner together instead. It’s time well spent.
My 5 Minute Journal inspired me with Anatole France’s reminder,
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.
I believe. It’s gonna be a Marvelous Monday. I have many more mornings to enjoy coffee with Ivy before the house awakens. I have ten days of physical therapy scheduled, and at least nine more Sunday morning breakfast dates with W. My coffee is done for the day and I had better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Today is gonna be a great day. In know it and can feel it. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one marvelous Monday after another.
What is going to make your Monday marvelous?