Today is Not that Day!

At 3:30 am this morning, I awoke with this horrible thought:  it is the middle of July!  If you’re a mom or dad of school-aged children, then you already know where I’m going with this, and it’s probably perfectly clear to you why I awoke in a semi-panic.  Summer is half over.  The summer that literally just began five minutes ago is already half over.  Perhaps this thought was brewing in the back of my mind because of my brief trip into Hobby Lobby yesterday where I saw, that’s right, Thanksgiving decorations on display.  How is that even possible?  Honestly, putting up Thanksgiving stuff in July makes me feel anything but thankful.  In fact, it makes me grouchy. I’m still trying to remember to buy new goggles and a beach chair.

As a teacher and school administrator at Gramercy, we are already in the thick of preparing for the coming year.  We are sending out emails, school supply lists, and sports calendars.  We are soliciting volunteers and reminding parents about sports physicals, immunizations, and upcoming fall events.  With every email we send out, I feel the pressure of September closing in.  Perhaps you can relate.

So… at 3:30 am this morning, I had to talk myself off the ledge.  I had to remind myself that today is the only day I need to live.  Just today.  And as of today, it is still summer.  The sun is shining, kids can sleep till 10 am, the ocean is still warm enough to swim.  There is no math homework to labor through, no lunches to pack, no soccer uniforms to wash before tomorrow morning.  Summer is half over, but that also means there is still half of summer vacation left to enjoy, and while the decorations at Hobby Lobby may not make me feel very thankful, that thought really does.

The day may come when our cars smell like dirty cleats and we are rushing kids out the door half-crying while eating a Pop Tart at 6:45 in the morning, but today is not that day!  “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 118: 24)