You know how you can spot the end of summer? It’s not by the official date of season change, or the start of school. It’s really more of a feeling, of little things that start to add up that tell me the end has come. You have probably noticed similar things that make you realize it is coming to an end.
Here’s a list from my world that tells me summer is over, man, it’s so over:
1. No one wants to swim anymore. Even the little kids are tired of it like they are tired of Mario 3. The big kids find the water too warm and not very refreshing. Neither do I. I want the pool to go away. I want it to be replaced with piles of leaves.
2. Plants that were so pretty and added so much color to the patio have gotten leggy and greedy for water, and they are not producing blooms. It feels like all I do is water plants, and for what? They aren’t pleasing my anymore, they are pissing me off. I want to kick them out and replace them with big football mums. That would show them.
3. I am pissed off a lot. At dumb things, small things. But they all seem to be things that crop up when it’s really hot and humid. I admit I can get a little intolerant of my fellow mankind when I am hot, and these days I seem to be hot all. the. time. I’m pissed off right now because my dryer, which happens to be drying lots of graying summer t-shirts that have been washed too many times, is squeaking.
4. I hate all my summer clothes. ALL of them. If I put on another shapeless linen dress I will bang my head until I am senseless. But jeans are too hot and shorts are too overdone. I have a pair of green shorts I’ve been wearing for years. I should have retired them with some dignity, but I can’t, because they are comfortable and cool. I want to torch them in a ceremony in the middle of the street along with some flip-flops. I am ready for sweaters and jeans and boots!
5. The sight of a watermelon makes me want to gag. So does ice cream, peaches, and iced lattes. I want to eat stew and hot coffee drinks and oatmeal.
Yes, summer is over. But around here, it’s not really over for another month. September can be a real grind, just waiting and waiting for the season to change, and then, boom, one morning, it will be just a tinge cooler, and the air will feel a little less humid. And I will be my old bright and cheerful self again.
What are the subtle signs around you that summer is over? Do you have any summer clothing items that should have been tossed but you can’t stop wearing? What are you looking forward to in the fall?
One lucky commenter today will win a set of the Secrets of Hadley Green books in celebration of our end of summer bash! (The Year of Living Scandalously, The Revenge of Lord Eberlin, and the Seduction of Lady X). Happy end of summer, goddesses!