GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.
That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer ;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.
Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may go marry :
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.
Time is still a-flying, flying .
I am a teacher and during the school year, I look more like this. . . And less like this . . .
I’ve mentioned before how I’m incredibly thankful for my summers; they keep me interested in life, searching, learning, and trying new things. My summers are precious to me and while I do spend time on ridiculous things like watching far too much TV, I also try to do other more productive things.
My summer is quickly ending, and I feel like I have all of this unfinished business. I haven’t picked any fruit or veggies (besides from my own garden), which means I haven’t canned anything. There is still a giant stack of books by my bed that need to be read. I still need to hike and camp and eat at least two ‘smores. Surely, there is one more beach day to bask in the glory of the sun and fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean.
So in my truest-to-self fashion, I have made of list of things that I MUST accomplish between now and well next week. I have 7 days to own this summer, and own it I shall.
1. Pick tomatoes and make salsa, can said salsa
2. Go on a camping/hiking trip with Jeremy
3. Read at least two more books (one of which will be Mockingjay)
4. Go to the beach
5. Learn to knit a baby hat (this is scheduled for today)
Of course in addition to all of these things, I really need to hone in more on my classes. I don’t see students for two more weeks, and I have some pretty good plans so far, but there is always more that can be done.
If I’m blogging a bit less the next few weeks, it is because I am out experiencing and blissing out. I need to fuel up for what I’m pretty sure is going to be a trying/exciting year full of countless new things, many of which I hope will be wonderful.