All it takes is a quick look at social media to see summer is winding down. Many kids across the country have gone back to school already. Many kids have moved away to college already. We have three more days and then my daughter moves away to college. My son’s work in NYC will end this week and he will also move back for his last two classes. We have until after Labor Day before public schools here in Maryland start back, but that is fast approaching. We are pretty much at the end of summer(even though summer actually ends later in September).
I, personally, am inching toward the end of summer having any special meaning for me. When I was a kid summer was the best time of the year. No school, no responsibility, just fun with friends. In college it meant a break from classes. For a good portion of my adult life it meant my kids were out of school and we had a chance to go on vacation and have fun. For a couple of more years it will mean my daughter comes home from college. After that, summer will lose what makes it special for me.
Weather-wise, I prefer early spring and early fall. There’s nothing like that first day after winter when it is warm enough to ditch the jacket, but not so hot that you are uncomfortable. Or, that first fall day when you can feel the chill in the air and you can enjoy time outside before it gets so cold you don’t want to be outside. I can live without the summer heat. Work-wise, summer is not fun. People are on vacation. You have less staff and more customers. It makes you long for fall. With no school schedule to worry about, we can vacation in less busy times of the year. Summer won’t necessarily equal vacation.
Summer is close to losing all of its appeal for me and that makes me just a little sad.