As you can tell, Labor Day Weekend is bittersweet for me. It marks the end of summer for both my children and me. No more midweek sleepovers for my daughter, no more sleeping in late for my teenage son, no more weekend outdoor parties, no more me staying up late reading novels: it is all gone after this long three day weekend. Gone like all my hopes and dreams. Sadly, it is back to reality: We will hold hands, lift our chins high, and head back into the regular schedule of school life. We will forget all the fun of summer and instead welcome the cool embrace of autumn.
To be clear, the regular schedule of school life has already started. The kids went back to school this past Thursday. I still don’t know why our school district thinks it is a smart idea to go to school for two days, then have the Labor Day. Do the kids learn anything for the first two days?
I even cracked the door to my office, sat at my desk, and did some work as well. The cat took her usual stop and sat by my keyboard. Yes, everything is back to the normal school life schedule of our family.
Fondly, I look back at summer and wonder where the time went. It seemed like yesterday I was on the steps on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., taking photographs, and enjoy the sunshine. Please, take a moment and shed a tear.
Now, all I have to look forward to is the upcoming schedule of work and nine months of gray skies. My friends (that live in states that see the sun) always ask: “How can you live in Seattle with all the gray skies and rain? Don’t you want to kill yourself?”
Anyone from Seattle has the same answer: “Well, the summers are really nice.”
That’s it. That is the only good answer.
Well, maybe there is a little more to it than that. We have mild winters with no real crazy bad snow storms. We don’t have a huge bug problem like other places. When it is sunny, it is beautiful around here. On a clear day, we can even see Mt. Rainier while we are stuck in traffic on southbound Interstate 5.
Side Note: Traffic around here sucks. It doesn’t matter if it is a rainy day or a nice clear sunny day; some nitwit will crash into another person and cause a 9 mile back up on the interstate. Nothing says Seattle rocks like crawling along an interstate highway in the rain.
Good bye summer, I’ll miss you!
As always, I need your comments to make my existence worthwhile. What are you going to miss most about summer? Do you have any plans for Labor Day?