“Mom, why do they have signs for “Back to School”? My son asked me after a trip to the store this afternoon.

“Well, son, school will be starting again in about a month and half. They want people to buy supplies now.”

Horror shone in his eyes as suddenly panic began to overwhelm both of us, thinking about getting back to the daily grind of school. “But, summer just started!”

Isn’t that how it feels so many times? I feel like the stores cause some of these panicky moments where we feel like we are behind instead of feeling ahead.

We push, push, push to get all the school in we can. Summer school! Activities packed in. Go, go, go. Work, work, work, to make the money so we can do the activities, and then we feel on the edge of collapse.

Next week is a week of doing no normal activities, and I have to say, I am looking forward to it.

I believe people should not be idle. But there is a balance between idleness and busyness. We can be too busy and sometimes, when you are poor, there is no helping that. It is life for us, to work hard.

But hard is not bad. A busy life can be a productive and good life. But choose what you are busy with and live deliberately just a bit.

Back to school? For us, we decided to not think about school for a bit, even though we need to do some reviewing. I read something that encouraged brains to allow them to refresh. My son that has trouble with focus is doing so well without the pressure of school right now. I am honestly dreading the constant push to get them to learn. I love the ease of learning through interest and sometimes get tempted to do something different as far as learning.

Let’s not be like the stores. Let’s not rush winter, into summer clothing. Rush summer to back to school. Let’s enjoy the moments we have and not think of what we have to do every day in the future. Enjoy the day that is here.

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