Last Days of Summer

It is two weeks until Labor Day and that means we are in the last days of summer. Did you have a great summer? What did you do? Tell me about one fun thing you did over the summer months. This is the time to start winding down and getting ready for fall and back to school.

When we were growing up this was the time to slowly start going to bed earlier, so we would be back on track when it was time for school to start. It was when we would be looking over our clothes and backpacks to see what we needed new for the year. My mom would start going over the school supply list and getting everything we needed.

When we were in Catholic School it meant a trip to the uniform store to make sure I had enough jumpers, peter pan collared shirts and sweaters. I was so happy the year I was finally old enough to switch from a jumper to a skirt…although, I did look pretty cute in a jumper, lol. And of course, the year couldn’t start until I got my new saddle shoes.

In High School I went to a private Lutheran School, so no uniforms, but we did have a dress code. That meant multiple trips to the mall to find just the right outfits so I would fit in, but still have my own style. This was the 80’s and I had to make sure I had just enough neon and rubber bracelets on to feel like me, but not too much that I got called into the office for dress code violations. Although that did happen on a weekly basis because I never wore a belt, and my shirt was always untucked. I am a rebel, lol.

But these last two weeks we always tried to fit so much summer fun in, enough to hold us over till the next year. I always tried to get my mom to let me get daily ice cream treats from the ice cream truck. It wasn’t daily, but she did let me have more than she usually did. We spent more time outside with friends and tried to squeeze everything we could out of it. It was no longer come home when the streetlights come on, our parents called us home to try to get us to bed earlier.

I wanted more grilled foods eaten outside on the backyard picnic table. I wanted to make sure I had my fill of tomato sandwiches on white bread with mayo before the good tomatoes were all gone for the summer. One last watermelon slice, one last scoop of potato salad, one last ear of corn on the cobb.

I am a girl that lives for the seasons. Every season has its own timing and traditions to go with it and I like to experience them all. Certain things are meant for certain times, and I will not rush them. To me, each season should be embraced fully. It reminds me of the line from “Dead Poets Society” when they read from Henry David Thoreau, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.” I want to enjoy all the things each season is known for, and I don’t want to miss out on anything.

I have had a great summer. We have had some good food, hung out with our friends and I felt perfectly content. But that doesn’t mean I am done with summer. With two weeks left to go, I plan on hitting the beach again, having more shave ice and sitting under the stars laughing with my friends and listening to music. And because I am an adult, I don’t have to listen for my parents calling me home…I can stay up as late as I want to and not miss a thing.

***Question for the comments…What is your favorite part of summer? Tell me one thing you did this summer that you loved.

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