We Wisdom: B is for busy
|By Anabelle Craig - contributing writer | Aug 9 2018|
I’m so busy! I’m writing to you from backstage at a Highland Summer Festival performance of The Dining Room. I just got back from volunteering at Abbey Gardens Outdoor Kids camp, then swimming lessons at West Guildford beach and I almost fell asleep at the prop table. I knew July was going to be filled with late nights and early mornings but I wasn’t expecting it to be so busy that in a blink of an eye it would be over. I am actually looking forward to September when I will have time to relax. Who am I kidding? Grade 10 isn’t going to be a walk in the park.
Summer in Haliburton County is so busy. Packed to the brim with cottagers, day trippers and locals, there is so much to do and so little time that one needs to plan their busy summer to get the most out of the two months. Art, beer, music and rib festivals are sprinkled throughout July and August as well as farmers’ markets, garage sales, pool parties and community events such as theatre and opera. Man, summer is busy.
Summer jobs and volunteering are at a premium and you need to be ahead of the game in order to land the best positions. Kawartha Dairy in Minden starts their hiring in late March and hire 12-13 lucky students for the coveted ice cream attendant job. There are oodles of summer camps in our area that are always looking for LIT (Leader in Training) and camp counsellors. The summer is the time to get those 40 volunteer hours you need to graduate and if you are like me, you can use this time to get to know your community and set your own hourly goals. I am up to about 350 and no plans on stopping. You know where to find me if you need a helping hand.
Though it is great to be busy raking in the dough, one needs to take a break and schedule in a few hours or days to sit on the dock and be busy doing nothing. Between going to the beach, paddling one of many lakes, swimming, hiking, or hanging out in a hammock reading that summer novel, one can never be bored doing nothing. Even those rainy days you can use your time to catch up with friends, play a board game or binge watch your fav show on Netflix.
With all this busyness one most remember to be patient. With triple the amount of people in our small towns, the roads and restaurants are packed. Drive carefully, signal when turning and no running over those crazy jaywalkers. Use your manners in lines, no butting, no complaining and remember that we are all just trying to enjoy these few blissful, yet sweltering, months of relaxation together.
So far, half of summer has whizzed by and I am sad that it is almost over. Before long we will all be complaining about the cold and snow and wishing that summer was here again. So, for now, enjoy spending everyday swimming off the dock, sleeping in late and spending time with family and friends. To quote Bryan Adams: “That summer seemed to last forever/ And if I had the choice/Yeah, I’d always want to be there/Those were the best days of my life.”