note: DesNes just published an article on this very subject — Heber Valley Unplugged: Turn on Life challenge. The city council has created a reward system and a list of 101 activities. Pretty cool. Made me feel a little less silly about this post.
I unabashedly adore summer. Tis the season of roses and honeysuckle, afternoons reading on the back porch, corn and watermelon for dinner. After our long cold winter, stepping outside without a coat, walking across the grass in my bare feet, watching my garden come to life feel like miracles.
But summer with kids– with it’s long lazy days and freedom from school schedules– requires some planning. We’d been talking about summer goals and wishes for a few weeks when Gabe excitedly told us over the dinner table, “Truman’s family is doing no-electronics all summer! We should do it too!”
Sharing our goals and ambitions can feel a bit braggy (Truman’s mom, Sarah, said she was afraid to tell anyone), but Gabe’s response was the perfect example of why we should speak up. Hans wants to learn another language because his friend Paul loves languages, Mary wants to sew because her friend Isabelle took lessons, Gabe wants to learn the basics of piano because Ben did the same at his age and Xander is practicing lacrosse with his soccer friends.
Despite Sarah’s hesitance to share their summer goals, she and her sister Emily set up a website detailing how they make an unplugged summer work: http://www.plugintolife.org/
I love their pledge:
Sarah and Emily’s emphasize the “Yes” list much more than the “Don’ts.” Yes, they’re keeping the television and computer screens dark, but they are also crafting, volunteering, learning new skills. They have some great ideas, but they’d love contributors to their blog (and yes, they do catch the irony of blogging about an unplugged summer).
You should have seen the kitchen after Xander and friends made cardboard helmets (or maybe not). But I accept the price of creativity.
The house may be messy, but what do we get in return? Hugs and kisses, games on the lawn, sunrises and sunset, the best hours of our day. Of our lives.
Happy summer days are like eating healthy– it’s not that hard when all your friends share their best recipes. I’d love to hear yours.