Happy Memorial Day to all Americans and Happy Monday to anyone who doesn't celebrate Memorial Day.
Hi. It's Lou Anne again. I had so much fun hosting the mermaid challenge last week that I volunteered for the next one. Some of you may not know that I was an elementary school teacher for over 20 years. Since many of my friends are teachers, I can't help but think about the last day of school and the promise of a summer vacation. Of course, teachers don't get paid for their time off. When I was teaching I found my vacation time getting shorter and shorter every year. Still, the idea of school being out for the summer has stuck with me since childhood.
I loved going to school when I was a child, but that excitement I would feel at the end of the school year is indescribable. It meant that I could stay up late playing kick the can and chasing fireflies and sleep in as late as I wanted. It promised long summer days, laying by the community pool and trying to get a tan, even though I ended up with just a bad sunburn and lots of freckles. My summers consisted of camping and fishing trips, visits to see relatives, and vacations at the beach.
One year I attended Vacation Bible School at a local church and made a mosaic chicken from different colors of beans and macaroni. My friends and I put up lemonade stands. Occasionally we presented spontaneous theatrical performances for anyone who would watch. Every Fourth of July I'd adorn the spokes and handlebars of my bicycle with red, white, and blue crepe paper and proudly ride in a parade around my neighborhood. One year, my dad helped me plant a miniature garden that produced a tiny watermelon and two little ears of corn. The smell of freshly mown grass, the sound of the sprinkler, and the taste of a ripe strawberry bring it all back for me.
Most adults don't have an extended summer vacation. In fact, kids don't even get the whole summer off anymore. But there is something special about the completion of a year of school. It's a major milestone for all children. You might be a parent who has kids that just finished the school year. Like the Old Woman in the Shoe, you may be hoping summer will pass by quickly.
This week's challenge invites everyone to take a minute and imagine that school is out for the whole summer. Maybe that means you get to relax all day and drink iced tea while reading romance novels. Perhaps it's your invitation to get those white sandals out and wear them all the way until Labor Day.
It might bring back a memory from childhood. Perhaps you'll think of making more mermaids or just creating a piece of art because you feel like it and it makes you happy. It's up to you what you decide to share with us. I'm confident that everyone will have some connection with the fact that SCHOOL IS OUT! If you don't believe me, here's your certificate:
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