Candice’s mother cut up her grilled steak. She speared a small piece onto her fork and looked up at her daughter with a sweet smile. “So, what did you do today, Candice?”
Candice grabbed her ice water and took a sip to wash down the salty piece of steak she had shoveled into her mouth. She swallowed and smiled remembering her day.
She worked in a school system and school had just ended for summer break last week. Candice was a free woman. She was home all day, every day. She had no responsibilities.
Candice woke up early that morning as her body was still on her school schedule. She woke up around six in the morning, but rolled out of bed anyway. It wasn’t that bad to wake up so early in the morning if you didn’t have anywhere to be. She didn’t even get changed out of her pajamas right away.
Her parents had already left for work by the time she woke up, so she went downstairs to the quite kitchen and made herself a tall glass of iced coffee. It was only the end of June, but the summer heat was coming in with a bang. It was going to hit about 80 degrees by eight in the morning.
She grabbed the latest novel she was reading in one hand and had her coffee in the other. Then she stepped outside onto her back porch. She put her book and drink down on the glass table and opened the umbrella, squinting from the sun already pretty high in the sky.
Just as she was about to sit down to read and enjoy her morning brew, Candice heard a whimper at the back down. She looked over her shoulder and noticed her small Chihuahua, Pip, scratching at the screen.
Of course, how could she forget the dog? Candice opened the screen and her puppy dashed outside. Pip hopped up onto the chair beside Candice. It was in the sun, but Pip enjoyed sunbathing.
And with that, Candice put her feet up, leaned back, and read her book all while taking small sips of her coffee.
She stayed out there for a while, only to go inside to house to make herself food or get on her bathing suit to take a dip in the pool.
“Well, it sounds like you’ve had a very relaxing day. It must be nice not having to go to work anymore.” Her mother chuckled.
Candice nodded her head slowly. “Oh, you have no idea how nice it is to be on break…”
After nine straight months in a classroom with 15 three-year-olds? Summer couldn’t have come quick enough.