I found a post two years ago that I never published. Talking about how it’s not fair that because Nate and I both work, Captain doesn’t get a summer. Instead, he gets put into his Chinese camp from 9-5:30, five days a week; punching in his clock just like the rest of us while his friends enjoy the Summer weekdays that movies are made of.
I had made a promise to myself in that two year old post to give Captain Summer all year long in micro doses of long weekends, late nights, and holiday breaks. And I can look back and be proud of the effort made - perhaps not perfect, still well played.
Two years later and first day into Summer camp later I am again announcing my summertime pact for my son, my family, and myself:
1) Four weeks of no-camps-no-plans. I picked four weeks (with next week being the first) where Captain has no plans. Nate and I will take turns playing hookey planning daily summer adventures.
2) Family Calendar. I just bought a 17 month calendar from Papersource - a visual record of ventures and plans.
3) New York Summer Hours - home every Friday at 3pm
4) T R I P S- camping in the van, weekend hideaway in the desert, trip to Seattle. To be planned in said family calendar upon arrival.
5) Summer nights. Acceptable and welcomed outside playing until dark, evening trips to the skate park, and pushed out bedtimes.
To this my pact, I promise.