Other than a week of camp in August, I have full daily care of Lucia this summer. I will need to be particularly mindful to make sure that she gets regular social contact with others children. I am fine when other children come over to play and they can entertain themselves fairly well without grownup interference. I took a tip from a friend to tell children that they need to work things out so that everyone is satisfied, rather than stepping into conflicts to propose solutions.
Lucia started weaving with her new peg loom yesterday. At school, she discovered how much she loved weaving, and would come home to exclaim about the new colors on her loom. Yesterday, after she wove three colors, I read aloud the Grimms' Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle. There are multiple variations of the rhymes that the maiden calls out, and when I studied the fairy tale for my library school storytelling class, I looked for the most satisfying rhymes:
Spindle, spindle, speed away,
Bring my suitor home today.
Shuttle, shuttle, weave and glide,
Bring my suitor to my side.
Needle, needle, sharp and fine,
Come adorn this house of mine.
Other activities planned for the summer are library programs (though they are quite sparse this year), storytimes at bookstores, weekly park days and daily walks. There will be some piano and swim lessons, too. Quite possibly I will dig out the paving stone kit she received as a birthday present years ago.
Through all of this, I need to work on my manuscript, practice guitar, and sew dolls for the shop. Some days all I want to do is read. When I cook dinner, I try to find recipes that don't require a lot of attention other than occasional stirring. That way, I have no choice but to sit near the stove and read.