When the dismissal bell rang on May 21 at my daughters’ school, I remember feeling like three months of summer vacation was a lifetime. Well, that lifetime comes to an end with the first day of school tomorrow, and all three of us are left wondering where these last three months went. I took time off from work yesterday and today to be with my daughters for the waning days of their summer break, and today, we worked together to do something positive to end the break and to begin the school year.
In order to start school on a positive note and with a clean slate, we cleaned and organized our home. This may not sound like a fun way to spend part of the last day of vacation, but we made it enjoyable and quick. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from working on tasks together and then admiring the end results-a clean and organized home, clean clothes, freshly cut lawn, etc. There were plenty of laughs, smiles, and praise to go around, and our home looks as good as we feel.
To end the day in a special way, the girls and I used sage to smudge our home. This may sound a bit out there for some people, but trust me, there were giggles galore to punctuate this ritual, which made it even more special actually. The girls understood that we were cleansing and healing our home, and they liked the concept that, in a way, we were bidding farewell to summer and welcoming a new academic year. We then wrote in our respective gratitude journals, which is another ritual that is meaningful to us, as it is another way to end one day and prepare for a new one. We may not be ready for the vacation to end, but I am confident that we are ready for whatever the new school year will bring.
Just one thing each day . . .
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