6.25.21 Two Weeks Into Summer

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink in the wild air.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have officially finished two weeks of summer … already! As a writer, I have accomplished little. Instead, I have been quite focused on being: a mom, a wife, a friend, and a human – you know, all of the titles I wasn’t able to give myself to fully this year. And so, we have delved into the sunlight armed with freckles and giggles. From discovering new ice cream places to bake off competitions, visiting friends to glow stick parties, ocean drives to waterfall hikes, our family is pursuing every moment of summer with passion and forced purposelessness. We have reminded ourselves: how to sleep in, how to build four-room forts, how much we love to read, and what movies are worth watching and re-watching. We have had bonfires and perfected the art of the s’more, went for long walks and slow runs, discovered new restaurants and even allowed ourselves to take naps … all of us!

Just fourteen days, and I feel as though I am waking up again from a long, fitful and restless sleep. I honestly cannot fathom the journey I know some of you have endured these past two years … the journey so many of you (of us) are still on. But I truly, madly, deeply hope that you can find time to reintroduce yourself to the simple pleasures that bring you back to yourself. If you feel you cannot afford the time, then steal it – go ahead, I give you permission. Do yourself and those you love the favor of your entire presence. Hit pause on what “should” be done for what must be done.

I’d write more, but I’m off to read, and dream, work on a puzzle with my son, and dance with my daughter – the best kind of busy.

Breathe in, and out, and in once more … then, smile sunshine … you’ve got time.


4 thoughts on “6.25.21 Two Weeks Into Summer

  1. Dear Elle,

    “A Summer State of Mind” was a delicious journey for me. I wandered through old memories, sweet times, forgotten pleasures. Of your pieces that were published in Volume 28 of Bella Grace magazine, “A Summer State of Mind” drew me in and captured me warmly.

    Thank you for the beautiful writing that you do.

    We here in Los Angeles, my husband our grown daughter, and I also feel the sense of drifting, sometimes sensing that we are at the 43rd day of some unnamed month and yet knowing that is not quite possible. We seem most drawn to our gardens, to our plants, to our books, our projects.

    Here in the sunshine of Southern California, in a home that we love, we have been fortunate to wait out this time so much more comfortably than many. It has been a time of communication for me, letters to friends, emails, text messages, a practice of shared daily photos. Now at last it feels like perhaps we have reached a shore. It sure looks familiar but we wonder how it will feel when we try to put our feet upon dry ground again.

    May you and yours be well. Your children are adorable. I hope they can continue to find joy and that this strange hiatus in our lives will yield some very pleasant memories as well as all the strange ones that will drift back and forth in our thoughts for a very long time.

    Be well.
    Warm regards, Terry

    Breathe. Repeat.

    • Terry,

      Oh dear friend … you speak wisdom and kindred understanding to my spirit. Thank you so much for this beautiful reflection.

      All my love,

      P.S. I’m trying to breathe as you suggested! It helps! 🥰

  2. Your writing, whether it’s here on your blog, in Bella Grace, or elsewhere, is a simple pleasure for me. That’s why I stopped by. It’s been “one of those days” and I needed a mental break. I knew I’d find it here.

    I call summer my hibernation season because it’s too hot and humid for what I can tolerate. However, I take pleasure in watching movies and streaming shows, working on puzzles, reading more, etc. I’ve also rekindled my love for sending handwritten letters, which I used to do a lot of when I was younger. I’m so grateful for the comfort of my home with A/C so I can enjoy these simple pleasures and more. 🙂

    • Sweet friend!

      It’s always such a joy to hear from you. Can I share you always know just what to say to brighten my spirits? Love you friend. Enjoy this season of comfort and sweet cool indoor air! 🥰🥰🥰

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