I work as an assistant teacher, which means I am off from work for two months during the summer. The first year I was working I found this so odd. I had always worked in jobs where I was entitled to a vacation, but usually 2 weeks. When I worked in New York City’s jewelry industry, 47th Street completely shut down the first two weeks of July. For 14 years my vacations were taken those 2 weeks. The other jobs I held were more flexible, and some years I took off a week here or there over the course of the year. Now having a full two months off is so different for me. It was strange that first year, to be working and then not working, but know you still had a job to go back to in a few months. The first year I thought I might be bored and actually looked for something to do to fill the time. I volunteered a little, but also realized I had plenty to catch up on that hadn’t been taken care of during the months I was working. There is always some project in the house to do, something to clean out, I am sure you know what I mean. Boredom never entered the picture. This year as school was drawing to a close, people were asking one another, “What are doing this summer, are you working?” My response was “yes, working at meeting friends for coffee!” That and my favorite hobby which working full time has really cut into- shopping. I have spent much time texting photos to my husband from stores, asking if I should buy this new beach umbrella to replace the one that blew inside out and broke on our first trip to the shore
and did he want a new chair as the arm on his beach chair was cracked
Then of course the texts to my BFF while trying on clothes in the dressing room asking for her opinion before making a decision
I am still up at 5:30 am most days, but I am enjoying not having to be on a strict schedule and out of the house at a specific time. Lingering over coffee, feeding the birds, taking an early morning walk, shopping, my summer rituals.