For years after I graduated from seminary, I was still in the rhythms of school and summer vacation. As a youth pastor our programming followed the school calendar and the summer meant beach trips, water games and summer camps. Basically, from 5-35 my life followed a rhythm of summer vacation.
I’m no longer a youth pastor, so my rhythms don’t necessarily follow summer vacation anymore. My wife just finished her first year of teaching yesterday, though, so I’m even more excited for summer vacation this year.
Alycia got hired in October and her job has been a tremendous blessing in our lives. Alycia worked so hard to earn her credential and has worked so hard during her first year of teaching. Everyone says that the first year of teaching is the most difficult and I certainly hope it doesn’t get any worse. I’m so proud of Alycia for pushing through this year, especially because I saw how taxing it has been for her.
So that’s why I’m looking forward to this summer vacation. Alycia will get some time off and get to spend her days hanging out with Clara and me. We’re going to Hawaii in a few weeks and every Thursday, when I’ve got the day off, I’ll be able to spend time with my two favorite people.
I’ve written a lot this year about how the constant flux in our lives has led to some irregular rhythms. I’m still trying to figure out all the rhythms with my new job. However, in the next few months we’ll be moving and we’ll have to figure out new daycare options for Clara. All those changes will lead to new rhythms, which I’m sure will change again a few months after that.
At least for this month and maybe a little of July, I’ll get a little bit of summer vacation. Old rhythms, like summer vacation, are easy to slip into. Hopefully I’ll remember to wake up and go to work next week; I can’t just sit at home watching Cubs baseball like I did when I was in high school.
What’s summer have in store for you?