Take Good Care of Yourself — Eat, Sleep, and Read

It’s Friday! You made it!

And, I know, you have a million-and-one things to do before work cranks up again on Monday.

Laundry. Grocery shopping. Backpack inspections. Lawn mowing. Dog walking. Wine drinking.

So, just know this: you’re doing great. Going back to school and returning to the school routine ain’t easy. The early alarm, the breakfast on the fly, the carpooling, the forgotten gym clothes, the rained out football practice, the heat (my God, the heat), the what-on-earth-will-we-have-for-dinner, the homework.

So much.

Here, now. Breathe in, breathe out.

It’s Friday.

Even though there is much to do between now and Monday, I hope you find a moment to relax, rest, and read (just a little). Football will be on the TV at my house this weekend, and we’ll be transporting kids to and from a volleyball tournament while we nag a certain someone who still lives under our roof that those college essays won’t write themselves.

Sounds glorious, doesn’t it?

Times like these and honestly? I’m not doing much reading. You get going so fast on all the to-do’ing that snuggling down with a beautiful book seems like a luxury you can’t afford.

But you can! Well, sort-of. I mean, something might have to give. I always have to remind myself that if the grass grows up a little longer than I’d like, the world will not end. And if there are still piles of empty shampoo and conditioner bottles on the floor of my children’s bathroom, and not placed in the recycling bin as I’ve asked a thousand times, nobody will get hurt.

While it is true that if I don’t read a little this weekend, everything will be A-OK. But if I do? It’ll be so nice. Relaxing. Soothing. Comforting.

These are the busy, crazy, full days of our lives, and it is important that we take care of ourselves. Exercise. Eat well. Sleep. I’m making a pledge to myself, here and now. I’ll give up something this weekend to make sure I give myself some space to read.

Will you?

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