I can remember the summers when I was little. The roughly three months between one school year and the next meant I could do anything I wanted, or nothing. My best friend and I usually did a little of both.
But as the months turned to weeks and then days, we tried to cram as much as we could into the little time we had left. The thought that soon, our vacation would be over and it would be school "full time" until Christmas break was a sobering one. It was as if life would stop soon, and then it would be school and homework and we wouldn't be able to come up for air until the next time we had a school holiday.
Of course now it's truer than ever, but I try to make the most of my weekends these days. And by "make the most" I mean to do as little as possible.
That's not entirely true I guess, but it's close to the truth.
It's Sunday and I have a ton of work in front of me this week. Some of which I should have prepared for this weekend. There's some reading I need to do, some breakdowns I need to make and it would sure make an easier Monday if I hadn't spent most of my weekend relaxing doing nothing.
Of course this means that today and tonight will be spent, trying to cram as much as I possibly can to make sure tomorrow isn't as crazy as it could be. But I'm sure somewhere in there I'll also try to find a little bit of time to figure out if I'm taking a real vacation this year, or just a couple of long weekends.
In a very convoluted way I ended up in Europe last year and, with the exception of a nasty spill in Paris, had a great time.
And while I know you can't repeat the past, I'm thinking about London again, and one other city, but haven't decided on which city yet.
Or maybe a couple of long weekends closer to home. There are parts of the United States I still haven't seen, and a vacation at "home" might be a good idea. And I've always wanted to go back to the south, but I hear some parts of it are still in poor shape after Katrina.
So it'll be work today and tonight, a little reading, a little scheduling, and maybe I'll fit in a little contemplating and a little relaxing. After all, it's still summer.