Utahns, by and large, are an industrious, forward-looking people. We’re not prone to idleness and we believe strongly in progress in most facets of life. However, this is a week that tests our nature — a week in which we might want to take our foot off the gas a bit.
This is spring break week for Tooele County schools. It’s also the lead-up to Easter, a time when many people will extend their holiday weekend by an extra day or two. After the last holiday week of December, it might be the least busy week on Tooele County’s calendar.
But is that a bad thing?
The weather forecast for the rest of the week looks good — a perfect time to break the grip of cabin fever after several long months of winter. Why not get outdoors to play at Elton Park, walk up a greening Settlement Canyon or ride a bicycle down Smelter Road? If you’ve been itching to take that first horseback ride or camping trip of the year, the west desert must be calling your name right about now.
It’s also a great week to reconnect with your kids. A lot is expected of school-age children these days, but this is a week in which little is asked of them. Most welcome the break, regardless, but would enjoy it even more if they could spend quality time with their parents and siblings. To accomplish this, parents have to shake up their routines as well. Otherwise they may find their teen falling under the black magic spell of television and video games.
If relaxing and playing make you antsy, you could always take on small projects this week. Spring cleaning is a tradition that makes perfect sense, and there’s also plenty of early-season yard work to do, from planting and pruning to lawn preparation. Just don’t work too hard, since that defeats the purpose of a spring break altogether.
Overall, there’s a lot to like about this week. As the late Dr. Suess once famously wrote, “It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” So get outside with your family and friends and have a good time. We’ll all be back to our regular routines soon enough.