Summer Ending…

Tomorrow is the middle of August.  August is still before that magic holiday that somehow marks the end of fun days and vacation days.  Labor Day is not until September.  To me, Labor Day is the day that marks the end of summer.  It’s like the door closing on so many things.  Pools close, parks close, kids leave the streets, playgrounds empty… it all goes hand in hand.

This year, though, I have noticed that summer appears to have ended sooner than I expected.  We went to the pool today and realized there were only four more swim days left.  Our neighborhood, although always quiet, seems even more desolate.  The leaves seem to be falling already in the back yard.  (Of course, that could be from the heat and not much rain).

The stores all have back to school sales and items and signs coaxing people into buying school supplies within.

It’s not that I am a big fan of summer, I am not.  I love autumn.  I love cooler weather.  This year, however, summer seems to have slipped by, making an early exit.

A part of me wants to follow the trend.  I want to remove my wreath with its red, white and blue decorations and replace it with my wreath filled with oranges and browns.  I want to pull out my pumpkins and go ahead with autumn.  Something is keeping me from doing that this year.  I want to hang on to summer just a bit longer.  I want to complain about the heat and humidity and mosquitoes just a bit more.

Time seems to be flying by too quickly.  I haven’t felt this way since I was in school myself and didn’t want to have a schedule yet.  But, school is starting for children.  Neighbors are packing up their college age children with dormitory things filling the back of pick up trucks.  Friends who are teachers are heading back to the classroom, and I , I must let go of summer.

I know it will not hurt to let go of this season, it never does.  Autumn has so many wonderful things about it.  But, I cannot deny a small sadness within me that is sorry to see summer end this year.

 There is something deep within us that sobs at endings. Why, God, does everything have to end? Why does all nature grow old? Why do spring and summer have to go? ~ Joe Wheeler

Enjoy the remaining days of summer, have a bar-b-que, plan a picnic, enjoy the bugs and ants and mosquitoes, for soon, we will complain about the ice, the cold, the wind and having to wear a sweater or coat.   DAF



Published by marycatherinethomas

M. Catherine Thomas is a published writer, speaker and teacher. Mother of two and grandmother..

14 thoughts on “Summer Ending…

  1. With every ending comes a new beginning. You’ll be in your element in Autumn, so reflect on the end of Summer and celebrate the potential of what it is to come.Time does seem to speed up every year.

  2. And you will be heading into spring and summer… hope you have a wonderful summer ahead of you. It’s always so good to hear from you… you are up very early, aren’t you? Or up late? Can’t figure that out…

  3. It’s 8.20am and I’m about to rush to work. We’ll be moving to Summer time in October. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Seems we will both be in our elements in the coming months 😉

  4. I love spring and summer — but this year I’m not sure either showed up *laughing* And now that there are more days behind me then before me, they seem to be flying by much to fast. Could it be we were so focused with anticipation for a first birthday that once we passed that milestone we realized summer was almost over?

    We are enjoying a “sneak peek” if you will, of two glorious days of autumnal weather. And although I like summer, my favorite time of year is fall as well. As we drive westward today I will remember our many trips together, I will wave with my mind and heart at the roadside black-eyed susan’s and the red winged black birds skimming the flower tops. I’ll look down into the Shenandoah’s as we begin our climb into Pennsylvania and I’ll say for both of us – thank you summer, we loved the celebration of life you brought us. The red, white, and blue, a first birthday cake, family, reunions with friends, a first home, and the gift of sharing it all with the ones we love so much. Thank you DAF, your words are as lovely as a late summer day. I’m so thankful for you.

  5. I feel the exact same way this year which is so weird because I’m a fall fanatic. I love the cool weather and leaves changing, but this summer just seemed to get away from me. I get a feeling in my stomach when I think about it because it seems like time is moving too fast and there’s nothing I can do about it.

  6. you have made me cry. I miss you friend and am looking forward to when your car heads south and we can spend a few precious days together. It is in the 60’s here today, a nice respite from the humidity… I know tomorrow it will most likely be back.
    Enjoy your visit and your trip. Be safe and know you are loved. Thanks for the beautiful comment. DAF

  7. Sort of like trying to catch water in your hand, right? I hope the summer remains long enough for you to enjoy every thing else you would like to do before we settle into our sweat pants and sweaters. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. I’m quite sad about summer’s end this year. I’m not at all ready for all that fall and winter bring with them. I’m giving myself a good scolding about that, but I’m not there yet 🙂

  9. My daughter heads back to school in a week and I would swear she just arrived! With all of us working, on all different schedules, it really pushed Summer right out the door….all that candy corn at the supermarket didn’t really help either.

  10. went to Michael’s a couple weeks ago and looked at all the Christmas things out… yep, I think they shoved Summer right out the nature door this year! Thanks for stopping by…

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