The first line in Rylant’s book is “In November, the earth is growing quiet.”
This November, I want to grow quiet as well.
In November, we are way past the apple and pumpkin picking, and we’re exhausted from Halloween events. Back-to-school frenzy and fall sports have ended, and our family gets a brief calm before the December storm of holidays and my oldest daughter’s birthday.
I caught a glimpse of a quiet weekend on Sunday when I stayed home with one of my children. We read books, cooked together, snuggled and watched a movie, and played board games. I want to commit to more days like that one, so…
Weekends will be slower and less scheduled.
We’ll strive for bedtimes before 9 p.m.
More free time for my children at home.
Less driving in the car.
More home-cooked meals.
Even if it lasts for just November, I’m happy to commit to one month at a time, at least until spring sports begin.