Have you ever had the opportunity to go to the circus, see a comedy act, or watch a Chinese acrobatic group do amazing feats of contortionism while spinning plates? The performance centers around putting a plate on a thin pole or stick and then spinning it, creating a gyroscopic effect. The more plates you can spin the more amazing the stunt. We “ooh” and “aah” at the ability of the “spinner” to keep more and more plates whirring and turning, then quickly jumping to the ones that begin to teeter and spin them again before they fall. David Spathaky, the current world record holder, spun 108 plates simultaneously in Bangkok, Thailand in 1996. He had a spotter helping him!
Though I have never spun a plate on a stick, I’m absolutely certain I have spun 108 demands at some point in my life, and, as a woman, you have, too. And while the audience in a show may find it mesmerizing and awesome to watch the spinner spin, those in the audience of our daily lives rarely find the process pleasant…not to mention our disposition while trying to keep all the demands and commitments turning. We may have different plates, but girlfriend, we have them: friends, kids, grand kids, work, volunteering, bills, carpooling, play dates, golf dates, haircuts, teeth cleanings, car repairs, keeping the house, going back to school, caring for parents, and the list goes on and on.
Summer is here!!! Ok, maybe not officially until June 21st…BUT here in Southwest Florida it’s felt like summer for a while now! As a school teacher I always rejoiced over summer. The break from the normal routine of school allowed for a time of rest and recharging. My days were random and relaxed. By the end of summer vacation I was eager to meet a new group of students and get back in my rhythm. Fast forward to life with children…while I still wait anxiously for the change of pace that summer brings, it means something different. VERY different. When you are a mom of young children, summer involves carefully planning activities to keep the kiddos entertained and engaged. Sounds easy enough you might say. After all, there’s plenty to choose from. Check out the local family magazine or Google the different camp options and you can easily fill up your summer! Well, at the risk of sounding ungrateful I still struggle. Does summer really mean that we have to spend exuberant amounts of money running and racing to keep our kids occupied? I’ve come to realize that for me, the answer is no. Personally, I have found there to be a difficult balance between over scheduling and enjoying summer! I feel like I battle the over scheduling and the myriad of activities all year long! Isn’t this the whole point of summer anyway?