I’m slowly getting wise to the fact that the first week or two of September has become something of a moving target around here, both work-wise and kid-wise. There are new routines, earlier wake-ups, trickier bedtimes, piles of behind-the-scenes work gearing up for the busiest work season of the year, and all of it’s set against a backdrop of mild end-of-summer melancholy.
My actual to-do list is filled with contracts to review and assignments to finish—to say nothing of the laundry that’s been sitting folded in a bag for five days waiting to be put away—but here’s a to-do list of a different variety. A to-do list for replenishing your stores and buoying your spirits. Well, mine anyway. Hopefully yours, too.
+ Balance a bowl’s worth of ripe plums into an irregular pyramid. Eat half. Save half for a torte.
+ Remember the stink of hot garbage emanating from the sidewalk has nearly reached time’s up.
+ Eat dinner outside while you still can.
+ Dust off your library card.
+ Go for an after-dinner walk.
+ Drink more water.
+ Buy a bunch of basil, stick it a vase, eat it at every meal.
+ Go ahead and read the requested one more story. It’ll be worth it.
+ Go to sleep ten minutes earlier. Wake up ten minutes earlier. Remain hopeful this will have some kind of impact on the whirlwind that is getting out the door in the morning.
Your turn. What’s on your list?