30 days until schools out for summer

Slow down, she says.
Take it easy, she says.
No reason to rush through everything, just waiting for another crisis to crop up. Take a look around you and see that all is well. The children are healthy. Nobody has eaten the chickens, despite the slipshod temporary coop roof. You're happier since you quit that job. We're on the brink of Summer and while it might be scary to spend all that time with both kids, it'll also be wonderful. Remember Winter break when, after a couple days without school, the girls fell into their own sweet pattern and stopped with all that restlessness? That will happen again. And there will be more trips North to visit family and friends. There will be vegetables and eggs and fruit to harvest. There's a new job to enjoy and grow within. There's a stack of books to sink into and knitting to keep the hands working.

Slow down, she says.
Take it easy, she says.
Don't sign up for everything. Don't take on more responsibility. Don't fill each moment in a panic, as though silence and stillness are harbingers of doom. Sleep in, even if it's with the kids draped across your chest. Say "no" when someone asks you to do more than you can, even if it makes you feel nervous. Spend the day at a friends house, ignoring the chores for a while. Let bedtime slip. Nap with the girls, even if the sheets get sandy and damp from wading pool hair and skin. Spend too much time in the sun. Allow wet and fading swim suits to hang from the corner of the deck.

Be irresponsible.
It's the very least you can give yourself.