Thursday, July 1, 2010
Days of Summer
Things have changed a lot since I was a kid whiling away the hours of summer vacation. Take, for instance, my son's artwork above. Still the bright sun and rainbow, still the green mountains we all love...but that's not a Magic Marker drawing. It's from my Paint program on the computer. Who would have thought that kids would be drawing on computers just a couple-three decades after I was banging on a manual typewriter?
Not to worry, I don't give up my computer easily. Thus, the children must still express their creativity through the time-tested methods of Crayola, sticks, or mud. With the semi-drought conditions our little corner of Eden is experiencing, there is plenty of dirt to go around for stick drawings, maps of forbidden lands, or just throwing at each other until they are both browner from dirt than from the sun.
I'm just thankful that classes are behind me and I've had the chance to decompress a bit. It always takes a week or more to slip into the hourless routines that make up vacation time, but we've finally reached that enviable point when sunshine sets the day and time loses its meaning. Except for meal times, which seem to be announced with astonishing regularity. Like right now. Amazing how the kids find a way to drag me back to reality for a bit.