Since my children were young, June has been a month of transitions - with the added stress evident at that time of year. As a parent, the end of a regular school year has meant keeping everyone focused on school as the year ended, preparing for the inevitable celebrations, searching for the most appropriate teacher gifts, and signing up for summer programs - all while maintaining everything else in life (work, house, family obligations). Then there were the graduation milestones - pre-school, 6th grade, high school, etc. - and preparing for the next step.
This year there is a new college apartment for one son, high school graduation for another son, and the first college open house for the third son. This past weekend we drove to Burlington, VT to check out the new apartment, while also doing the college tour - although the schedule was exhausting, we found time for a brewery tour and then a relaxing meal at an outdoor cafe.
Stopping off for a day in the Adirondacks reminded me of the importance of finding time to 'stop and smell the roses.' As I sat on the deck this morning, I forced myself to just sit... not an easy task for a person who is always multi-tasking and solving everyone's problems! I became acutely aware of the sounds, smells and sights, including the tat-a-tat of a woodpecker in a distant tree, the fragrant pines around me, and a beautiful luna moth on the front door (did you know that they only live for seven days? I didn't until my educator friend told me!). I felt quite serene and calm after just an hour or two of the peacefulness.
While this time of year can be stressful, make time to enjoy the moment and the celebrations, and also find time to take a break and discover the calmness that will help you cope! Good luck with the end-of-school year and enjoy the summer!