The End of Summer

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.


9 thoughts on “The End of Summer

  1. OurFour Suitcases August 20, 2018 / 11:10 am

    This is what Christmas feels like once kids stop believing in Santa. Hope for lots of eventual grandchildren to stay engaged 🙂

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  2. Remedial Stitcher August 20, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    Summer hasn’t been all that special for me either since Jane got out of high school. I’ve never been a fan of summer weather though, so I’m okay with it being nothing special.

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  3. Rebecca Moon Ruark August 20, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    I hear you, my Maryland friend! I loved summer, growing up in Ohio, and I tell my boys that I spent pretty much all day, every day, outside. I can’t do that to my boys when it’s 95 degrees and a swamp out there! I am longing for fall, though it’s been nice here for the last day or so. Here’s to more help at work and off-season vacays. My family and I are planning a trip to see family and do the sights in Cooperstown NY in Oct., and I’m already excited.

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    • theycallmetater August 20, 2018 / 5:39 pm

      We had a nice cool day today. It was nice after a stretch of hot or wet. I’m looking forward to fall vacations.


  4. englishwithkirsty August 21, 2018 / 6:04 am

    We don’t have children, so holidays tend to be outside of the school holiday period for us. Work tends to be a bit quieter, and there is more time to be spent outside. I usually love the Summer, but in view of the heatwave that we’ve been experiencing in the UK, I won’t be sad to see the end of Summer this year!

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  5. Jess (Randomly Jess) August 22, 2018 / 3:08 am

    I’m that horrible mom that enjoys the end of summer because the kids are finally getting a good break from each other. When summer is over, they will begin getting along again… hopefully when they get to college, I will be more excited for summer because they will just be ready to see family again! 🙂

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    • theycallmetater August 22, 2018 / 7:16 am

      We never really had a problem with that. Maybe the 4 yr age difference and the boy/girl thing helped.


  6. that little voice August 24, 2018 / 10:06 am

    Oh, you will find new adventures that will excite and interest you during summers. Fun with your children, fun as a child, will be replaced with fun in different ways. It will happen.

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