Why is this week that does not surround a formal holiday of gifts, food, or candy sooooo special?
- Here in Texas (and many other parts of the U.S.) have experienced a longer and colder than normal winter. Here we received snow and ice 4 times in 3 weeks and more just a few days ago. I'm over it. Let it be spring.
- Coming back to school after Christmas is hard for young children. All the gifts and excitement are great, but transitioning back to order and structure is difficult. For a teacher it can be more draining to get everyone back in routine at this time than it is when school first starts. By March a rest is more than welcome.
- It is the last break before the haul to the finish line. It is a time to breath and store up your energy to get you through the last 2 1/2 -3 months.
- You can still take a ski trip in some parts of the country or head to the beach and tan in others. What other time of year can you do that?
- Did I mention it's been a long winter? Just to be outside in the sunshine, working in the garden or reading a book on the porch is a treat.
I have many plans for my break, which I probably will only get to 50% of. That's okay. I am not going to put pressure on myself to complete all my "wants." One thing I will be doing is reading. I love to read a little every night before bed, but this year, on those slightly-chilly-but-not-too-cold-mornings, I want to read with my coffee by a fire in the fire pit. Unfortunately, I read the last page of the last book in the house that I have not read just this past week. I went 2 days with no options, then 3 things happened all at once. Yes, another list.
- My sweet neighbor gave me a huge bag of paperbacks to peruse and pick from. Life saver.
- I found the local library, got a library card, and checked out some knitting and crafts books.
- Some wonderful friends gave Breck and me a book that we will enjoy for years to come. As you know by now, if you know me at all, we love traveling to see all the Texas State Parks, but plan to move on to the National ones as well.
So let Spring Break begin. I am starting mine with coffee and friends by the fire.