It’s the time of year. When you’ll see so many summer bucket lists. But we didn’t make one last year and here’s how it turned out: (written at the end of summer 2015)
We have one more week left until it’s back to school for my boys. I’m not ready and neither are they.
We’ve gotten used to the spontaneity of summer. Sleeping in, not really looking at the clock, deciding day by day or even moment by moment what we’re going to do.
No lists of things we wanted or needed to do.
Back in May and early June, when I saw all the adorable summer bucket lists splashed all over Pinterest, I thought maybe I should make one, too. They’re filled with fantastic ideas for keeping the kids busy and family time. And some kids like seeing what they have to look forward to crossing things off their lists.
That’s just not my house.
We did some really cool things this summer that I never would have thought to put on our list, like a weekend trip across our state where we went to the Children’s Museum, the boys’ first concert, and the NC Zoo (complete with dinosaur land).
But because that trip and some of the other things we did this summer were more spontaneous, they wouldn’t have left much room for some of the things I would have originally put on our to-do list.
And I could see my boys (and even me) looking at those unfinished items and being disappointed. We didn’t do it all, we need more time, how could we have not gotten to that?
The rest of the year is filled with to-do’s. School and sports schedules keep us busy. We don’t have as much time for the want-to’s. You could say that’s a reason to make a list of all those want-to’s and get to as many of them as possible during the summer. And it’s not like each of us didn’t have in our heads an unwritten list of the things we wanted to do this summer.
But for us, it worked out better not to have them written down. To be able to look back and remember all the fun we had instead of looking at the items not crossed off our summer bucket list and be disappointed.
I guess if we finished a summer bucket list, there wouldn’t be that disappointment, but our summer of hey doesn’t this sound good today? would have thrown us right off track of ever finishing ours.