Well, it’s the end of summer, which means I’ve been busy checking off all the great end of summer traditions.
Going to the State Fair. Didn’t happen. Too hot. Too stormy. Maybe next year.
Seeing the first school supplies in the store and feeling my heart start to race in a combination of excitement for a new school year and dread that summer is ending. Check.
Shopping for fall clothes. Almost check. Seems like they arrive in the stores later and later. Note to stores – the summer stuff on clearance still hasn’t sold. Give up. The stuff left is left because no one wants it. It won’t ever sell. We are tired of it. Bring on the sweaters!
Neglecting to water the flowers I lovingly cared for all summer and secretly hoping they just go ahead and die already because I’m antsy to put out fall mums. Check.
Waking up in a cold sweat after the first back to school stress dream of the season. (If you aren’t a teacher, you may not be familiar with the phenomenon of these dreams that generally start like clockwork for teachers in late July. They usually involve some sort of disaster like a missing class list or an undecorated bulletin board or realizing you have no lesson plans 5 minutes before the kids come rushing in on the first day of school.) Check. Although in all honesty this year, for the first time in my life, my back to school dream was a happy dream instead of a nightmare! That may be due to the fact that I get to work with fabulous co-teachers this year as I embark on new adventures in new classrooms. Or perhaps it’s due to the fact that I had a really wonderful summer.
Which brings me to the last great end of summer tradition: the “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” story. This summer I was able to do lots of stuff I haven’t gotten to do for years. I went out to lunch with several friends. I got to read several books. I got to do lots of baking projects from Pinterest, mostly involving lemon and s’mores related recipes because those scream summer to me. I got to see “Bad Moms,” my first actual movie in an actual theater since “The Lego Movie,” because much like Kristen Bell’s character in the movie, I don’t get out much. (By the way, did anyone else find it ironic that Kristen Bell’s stay at home mom character in the movie most likely spends a good deal of her time watching “Frozen,” starring none other than… Kristen Bell over and over again? Well I did. But then perhaps I related a little TOO much to her character in “Bad Mom’s” and was reading too much into it!) And best of all, I got to spend lots and lots of time with our precious daughter this summer. Even though playing her version of “Cinderella” (in which the stepsisters give Cinderella chores and Cinderella says, “No, I’m taking a nap instead.”) got a bit tiring day after day after day, I know I’ll miss having all the free time available just for playing. Goodbye summer 2016. Here’s hoping this fall is as wonderful as this summer was!