Our View: Take a time out at home

Ah, summer. Well, a sort of warmish, damp spring in July anyway.

Regardless, the kids are out of school, and the neighbours have shined up the RV and hit the road.

Most of us are still at home, still working. Maybe we have a week or two off work, maybe we’re planning a staycation. Or maybe we’re working through the whole summer.

Regardless, find a day or two this summer to just remember how great it can be to live here.

Head down to a park, in South Langley or on the Fraser River. Hang up a hammock in the back yard. Pull up a lawn chair and get out the SPF 40 sun screen.

Throw the Frisbee with the kids, toss a stick in the water for the dog to chase. Go for a walk, run, or bike ride while the air is still cool and dew is still on the tall grass.

Get yourself a glass with ice that clinks against the sides, sit down somewhere shady, and crack open a book.

Then don’t move. Don’t turn on the TV, don’t check your phone. Don’t even look at a newspaper (we’ll be here the next day).

Let the distractions of the world happen to someone else.

There’s a lot to be anxious about, even in a prosperous place and time like the one in which we live. Problems from schools to parking, Brexit to Trump can easily dominate our thinking, even through the summer.

Letting all of that news wash over us is both exciting (because we have the rush of new knowledge) and frightening (because we have so little influence over the biggest issues in our world).

For a day, turn off the outside world.

Finish your book, drink whatever is in your glass, tell the kids to put on more sunscreen.

It’s summer. The world will be there tomorrow.

– M.C.

Just Posted

Giants serve up major defeat to Pats at Langley Events Centre

On the ice, Vancouver G-Men wrap up home stand with a 10-4 win over Regina Friday night.

Outdoor terrace opens at Langley City hall

The outdoor terrace renovation is the final component of the Timms Community Centre renewal.

A GoFundMe for the goats

Matthew Farden surpassed his fundraising goal for Aldergrove’s Happy Herd Farm rescue animals.

Langley Township’s Froese named vice-chair of Mayors’ Council

The Township mayor will be one of the top officials overseeing TransLink.

LETTER: Canada should not be selling weapons abroad

A Langley man is critical of Canada for selling arms that are being used to kill civilians.

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

New chair of Metro Vancouver board is Burnaby councillor

The 40-person board is made up of elected officials from 21 cities and one First Nation

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Most Read