Summer Is Coming: An Imaginary Correspondence

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Dear Summertime,

We’re almost ready for your arrival! I’ve got a little bit of business to clear up before you get here, but we can’t wait to see you.

Love, Sara.

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Dear Schedule,

Summertime is arriving soon. I’m not trying to rush you, but you know we’re all much happier if you go away a few weeks. I suggest you visit some of those families who love having you around during the summer break. See you in the fall!

Love, Sara.

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Dear Creativity,

Summertime is arriving soon. We’re looking forward to seeing you while she’s here—you always bring along such fun possibilities for us to work on! Recently we’ve been interested in sculpting with clay, writing novels, and coming up with role-playing game scenarios. I can’t wait to see what you have for us!

Love, Sara.

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Dear Schedule,

Yes, I did invite Creativity to visit while you’re gone. No, you can’t stay too. You know how nervous you make her. You pressure her to do things at certain times or expect her to produce certain results. Besides, remember how her lack of time management skills drive you up the wall? Trust me, this arrangement is best for everyone.

Love, Sara.

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Dear Wasting Time,

I got your note. You really expect to hang out with us while Schedule is gone? Not this year! We are going to focus on real projects with Creativity, not fritter away hours with you. Just don’t even show up!

Love, Sara.

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Dear Creativity,

I was wondering if you’ve gotten any better at, you know, cleanup. Because you can get quite messy, and without Schedule around to remind people to clean up, it gets a little out of hand. Just a thought.

Love, Sara.

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Dear Wasting Time,

I don’t care how closely related you are to Creativity. You can’t come!

(Tough) Love, Sara.

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Dear Creativity,

What do you mean, you aren’t coming if Wasting Time doesn’t come?!

Sure, you and Wasting Time look very similar sometimes. And yes, I know you need “space to work” and Wasting Time is good at providing that. But this wouldn’t even be a problem if you’d just have a few ready-made ideas on hand. Most of your concepts are only half-formed, and we have to spend hours working on them to finish them.

Plus, Wasting Time is such a bad influence! You know how it goes. We sit down with you and a new idea—and suddenly Wasting Time shoves you out of the way and gives us stupid YouTube videos to watch instead. And we don’t get anything done! I trust that you see my point. I’ll be sending a firm response to Wasting Time as soon as I get your reply.

Firmly, Sara.

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Dear Wasting Time,

Okay. Fine. You can come.

Apparently Creativity “needs” you around. And it’s true that Schedule detests you and doesn’t want to come near you, so Creativity doesn’t have to worry about the pressure of a deadline or anything. But don’t think you’re going to just take over. You are here strictly to assist Creativity. Not to take over the whole visit.

Resolutely, Sara.

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Dear Schedule,

Don’t let anybody see this note.

I was wondering if you’d like to drop in every now and then over the next few weeks. Just enough to keep Creativity on track. And—okay, I’ll admit it, Wasting Time is coming, and I need you to make sure he doesn’t take over the whole household. Thanks.

Sheepishly, Sara.

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Dear Summertime,

You won’t believe how busy I’ve been, getting ready for you. It turns out that of my three other correspondents—Schedule, Creativity, and even Wasting Time—we need all of them to get the most out of your visit. Who would’ve thought?

But now everything’s in place. Everybody’s ready. Feel free to arrive as soon as you like.

Love, Sara.

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One Comment on “Summer Is Coming: An Imaginary Correspondence”

  1. Camie
    June 8, 2019 at 6:31 pm #

    This made me smile.

    Liked by 1 person

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