When I was a child, every so often Mom would get me up and announce that I was not going to school that day. "All right!" I would joyfully agree, "But why?" She would inform me that today was a "mental
health" day. Then we would go for a long walk picking up driftwood and finding crab shells along the Potomac River, or some other similar adventure. It was good for my mental health and we made some great memories.
I think everyone can benefit from the occasional "mental health" day. Just take a break from everything. The rules are simple. It can't be a scheduled holiday when everyone else is taking a break at the same time, and you can't stay at home catching up on laundry and painting the spare bedroom.
Our break day usually involves hiking, sailing, biking or some other outdoor activity. However, this is not part of the rules. Just do something that brings your family together in a relaxing manner. Something that everyone loves and enjoys. Here are some shots from our trip last week to White Oak Canyon Falls in Shenandoah National Park.....
Phoebe found these beautiful flowers and wanted a picture so she could identify them later.
White Oak Canyon has some great waterfalls that were running very slowly due to the drought.
Selene relaxing in the cool mountain stream.
I think Sy still has a sore tailbone, but he went back again and again!
Nora on the rocks.
Sy took the big kids up to the upper falls and I relaxed with Nora and soaked up some sunshine.
After a long hard day hiking,swimming, sunning and playing, I think we all felt just like Nora.