Making the time for spring

“Haven’t seen you guys in a while. How have you been?” asked the young woman at the climbing wall who is always so nice to my kids.

“Busy,” I answered. “So, so busy.”

“Me, too!” she answered. “This winter is just so busy!”

We hadn’t been climbing in weeks. We’ve had too much going on. In just the last week alone, we’d had an overnight trip to Portland, a school play, a science fair, two evening meetings, and the Acadia Winter Festival. Fun stuff, yes, but exhausting. When I was talking to my daughter about the weekend, she asked what we had planned for Sunday.

“Nothing,” I said, and she cheered.

Some families, and I know a lot of them, manage to go full speed all the time. If they don’t have three sporting events, a brunch, and a playdate planned each weekend they are at loose ends. Good for them, I say. Definitely not good for us.

We like a little downtime in our life and there’s no better time to get back to having it. The crocuses are starting to poke up out of the ground here, the sun is putting off actual warmth (even if the wind counteracts it most days), and the chickens are laying good again. Spring is coming.

As I write this, both kids are outside “helping” their dad by dragging together brush for a burn pile. The dog is laying out in the yard, letting the sunshine warm up her old bones. I just finished the kind of housework I think of as “meander-cleaning” and I’m about to head out myself. I’ll let the chickens out to free range, clean some leaves off the perennial beds, and pick up the yard a bit.

Spring is coming. Let’s slow down for it.

Spring sitting

Want more Scraped-up Kid? We are on both Facebook and now Instagram. Also, on Tuesday, March 8th, I’ll be speaking at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on getting kids outside. I’ll be joined by Tara McKernan of The Counseling Collaborative and Sylvie Piquet of Camp Beech Cliff. We’re the second speakers in the Cadillac Mountain Sports Speaker Series and we’d love to see you there.

Cherie Galyean

About Cherie Galyean

In a perfect world, Cherie Galyean would spend hours every day chasing her kids up hiking trails, pretending to garden, and baking things. Instead, she works full-time in the non-profit sector and fits those other things in-between loads of laundry in her free time. A Maine native with multiple hometowns, she currently lives on Mount Desert Island with her husband, seven-year-old daughter, five-year-old son, and the best shelter mutt in the world.