As we get ready to say goodbye to summer, I want to take a moment to reflect on the past few months.
Last year, I wrote a woeful post on how I did summer wrong. And I did. I let it pass by with nary a nod of notice.
Well, I’m pleased to say that I enjoyed this summer immensely. In the two months since school let out for my children, with the help of gorgeous weather, we’ve managed to grab Long Island by the horns and ride the hell out of it. It was the summer of “Sure!”
“Mom, can we go golfing?” Sure!
“To the beach?” Sure!
“Fire Island?” Sure!
“Splish Splash, twice?” Absolutely!
Parties? Sure! Movies? Sure! Camp nights on the sand? Sure! Jones Beach concerts, ice cream outings, berry-picking, barbecues and bonfires. Sure! Sure! Sure!
Long Island is an amazing place to be – and summer, it’s most boastful season. This year, I took full advantage of it’s offerings and as a result, I can say goodbye without regret. There are still plenty of things we didn’t have time to do: Montauk, the Hamptons, wineries…We’ll never get to all of it, but that’s okay – next year.
Wouldn’t you get sick of chocolate if you ate it every day, month after month?
Okay, bad example. But you get my point.
Now, I know for many of us, September brings on a whole new set of stress: teachers return to work, students to school, racing to catch the bus, homework woes, forms and tests. It’s imminent and there’s nothing we can do about it. The upside? The spectacular colors of Autumn are coming for us; apples are ripening, the turkey is getting fat, holiday shopping, shows and songs are around the corner. The fireplace is waiting! Let’s bring our clothes bins out, say so long to the summer dresses and hello to that warm, cozy sweater you forgot you had. Let’s do it – let’s look forward to all of it!
The beauty of Long Island is evident all year. The change of seasons: foliage, pumpkins, the serene blankets of snow, raindrops, new leaves, bunnies and bird calls eventually brings us back to the sultry, relaxing, entertaining days of summer.
I can’t think of a better way to get there, or a better place to be.
Happy Labor Day!