This summer, our family has been in flux on the job front, and because of that, we didn’t plan a family vacation. Not knowing for sure how everything would go down, we kept it simple, choosing small outings near home instead of a wider adventure. Though I signed the kids up for a few activities, even in that, we kept things very light. A friend recently said she’d been spending most of the summer driving her children from here to there and back. As she spoke, I couldn’t help but feel gratitude that that has not been the flavor of our summer this year. And, I’ve rather enjoyed it.
My friend and fellow writer-mother, Donna Cooper O’Boyle, recently spoke on the radio about several things, including the blessing of a simple summer. I loved what she said; it resonated with where we’re at here. It helped affirm to me that sometimes, more often than not even, simple really is best. The segment is several minutes long, but if you have moment to spare, or your computer is stationed somewhere near where you are doing something else that won’t require your full attention (housework?), I hope you’ll take a moment to listen to Donna Marie on “Mom’s Corner” with Teresa Tomeo. Towards the end of the interview, Donna shares a bit about her forthcoming book, Mother Teresa and Me, which I’ve had the great privilege to read pre-publication.
Wishing you many moments of joyful simplicity as we head into the final phase of summer!