Summer’s end was always bittersweet when I was a kid.
I can remember feeling conflicted by so many different emotions. There was always a part of me that was excited for the year ahead and I’d lay awake at night picking out the outfit I’d wear on the first day of school in my mind over and over, but there was also a part of me that was sad to see the memories made come to an end. I can remember wondering anxiously what the year would be like now that summer was over.
When we were kids the months between one grade and the next felt like forever. The memories made in just a few short months were enough to last a lifetime. Summer always felt like the beginning of something and seemed to set the tone for the upcoming year.
Didn’t you feel so different walking into school come fall than you did walking out at the start of summer break?
Oh, I did. So much life happens in one summer. It’s hard not to be different when it’s over.
This past summer has been one of the most memorable seasons of my life. I experienced a new level of pain and loss when I lost my grandmother and her passing stayed with me all summer long. Losing someone you love abruptly reminds you of how precious time really is. I embraced every second I had with the boys and we made memories. Memories I hope they take with them forever.
In many ways I’m not ready to move on to next season of life.
There’s a false sense of freedom that comes with summer and even as an adult I crave that irresponsibility.
I’m a summer girl. I always have been.
I love the smell of clean salt air and catching a whiff of a stranger’s suntan oil when the breeze passes by.
I love the sand beneath my feet and the sun kissing my face.
I love how the sound of ocean waves crashing muffles my distractions even if only for an instant.
Summer is my escape.
The ocean feeds my soul.
Summer has a way of changing us, doesn’t it?
At 35, I still feel like that 13 year old girl.
I’m walking into the first day of school. Three months older, a little wiser, and completely conflicted by a mix emotions.
Summer was just what I needed and I’m not ready to let go just yet.
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