How does your month look? I am more than a
little afraid to flip the family calendar over and see
all of the items scheduled in those spaces. Nice
weather means baseball season will take over evenings
and weekends. The end of the school year brings
recitals, performances, graduations, exams, teacher
appreciation, and field trips. We seem to try to
pack a season's worth of activity in one calendar
This is the first year that school will end for my
kids in May. Traditionally, school stretches into
the first or even the second week of June, but we
managed to not miss a single day of school for snow this
year! Not one make up day has us ending in time to
throw a huge end of school Memorial Day picnic. As
a teacher, I can assure you that we feel the same
emotions as students do on that final day of school.
A little sadness as we say good-bye with a huge wave of
What are your free moments? Recently, research by University of Maryland’s Dr. John Robinson
announcing that moms have 30-40 hours of leisure time
set off a firestorm of response online and in
newspapers. Angry moms screamed about their lack
of free time. At a recent PTA meeting, I sat back
and listened without saying a word which is nearly
impossible for me.
I believe in free time. I think it is one of my
inalienable rights as a person. And yes I believed the same
when my kids were babies. Once they could sleep through the
night, I flipped the off duty light on above my head at 7pm and
turned it back on when they woke up in the morning. From the
time they went to bed until I turned in, I was free. Recess.
Me time. The laundry could wait until tomorrow. My
sanity could not. I took up bubble baths and scrapbooking.
And made friends with Tivo.
I love that moment when I can take a deep breath and feel
free. When I can stop being mom, wife, maid, teacher,
chauffeur, and all the rest and just be Dora. Having a block
of time without expectations is a gift that I give myself because
(as the commercials say) I am worth it.
As the end of May rolls in, my children, my students, and I
will all feel the freedom that summer vacation brings. As we
prepare for our Memorial Day celebration, we will offer up prayers
and thanks for the soldiers and their families who sacrifice for our
freedom. As I sit in my yard with a glass of sweet tea in hand
watching my children and dog chase lightening bugs, I will breathe
in the sweet feeling of freedom before chasing them all to bed so I
can have my free time.
Wishing you a month of freedom and free time,
Free by Dora Phillips
Supplies: Paper: October Afternoon, Alphabet, Button: BasicGrey, Bingo Card: Jenni Bowlin
Studio, Pearls: Kaisercraft, Labels: Dymo, Die Cut: Cherry Arte,
Overlay: My Mind's Eye, Ribbon: Hobby Lobby, Other: staple. Tools:
Design Notes: I gathered the ribbon
into a floral shape and stapled it in place. A hint of glue
and the button covered the staples.
Journaling: The first day of summer vacation. Lazy mornings, hot days, and a chance
to feel free.