Monday, 25 July 2016
Do I sound totally anti-social? The last of our social engagements was Saturday night, a local production – and probably one of the best I have seen – of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. We had a wonderful time. And now, we can stop socializing and get into the whole point of summer . . . lolling. I love to loll, just kicking back and letting life happen, rather than running around in a frenzy accomplishing things, doing things, going places. Mental and emotional space to do nothing . . . We are both introverts and need this time off from people and away from people.
So, how does one loll?
You let everything go to a reasonable degree. Daily things still need to be done, but only to a point. Bills of course need paying, and dishes washing, and such . . . but being able to take the time to go for a walk, sit in a park, play with the dogs, stroll and loll on the beach, read a book, bake a coffee cake, water the flowers, pick the tomatoes are luxuries in time and space.
What is the cost of lolling?
Lolling is very inexpensive. It is actually free, unless you need to buy flour for the coffee cake. To practice lolling, go outside and lie down on your chaise lounge or grab a towel or blanket and head to the nearest park or beach. Walk if you can. Bring a book or not. And then . . . loll.
Is lolling difficult?
If you are not used to lolling, it can be rather difficult. It means slow down, take a breath, take another, take some deep ones. Close your eyes. Listen to the birds. Feel the breeze.
Summer Lolling vs. Winter Lolling
Hmm. Where I live, lolling is a year-round option if you really want to do it. However, once the school year begins, it is more difficult and is, if lucky, a weekend proposition. Winter lolling, when we lived in the snow, meant pulling on layers of clothes and heading out to walk in the snow-filled woods or scuffling through autumn leaves. Lolling is always a joy!
What are you waiting for? Go out and loll! It’s free!