Holiday Weekend

September 4th, 2009 • Kate

poolreadingSo today marks the beginning of the Labor Weekend, the traditional “Last Hurrah” of Summer, and all that that entails. I may try to get to the pool, but I’m also looking forward to finishing painting the deck, hanging with friends, and, of course, getting some reading done.

Still, it’s hard not to feel like I “wasted” my summer — and it’s when I say things like that that I feel most like a college kid again, when summers meant something important, as opposed to now, when there’s not a huge difference between my work schedule all year round. Anyway, did I spend every day at the pool? No. (My skin thanks me.) Sure, I got away for a bit, got to see friends and travel to new places, but they were mini-breaks, not huge stretches of vacation.

And I miss the beach. My family has a beach house on the Jersey Shore, and most of the last dozen summers or so have involved many weekends at the beach. Lakes are nice and all, but I’m a girl who loves the ocean.

I suspect I’m getting a little maudlin. And it’s not like I don’t have some truly AMAZING things to look forward to this fall/winter/spring! But I have to ask my readers: do you feel like you missed anything this summer, or did the last three months do it all for you? Share your summer stories in the comments, and I’ll see you all on Tuesday!

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7 Responses to “Holiday Weekend”

  1. Sara Raasch Says:

    I spent most of my summer chasing after the puppy I bought in June. "Potty" training her, keeping her from eating everything on the floor, teaching her the difference between "come" and "stand-there-staring-at-me", etc. While I love her to pieces, all the puppy-watching prevented me from reading, and my to-be-read list is now astronomically long. Of course now that she has settled into a semi-independent stage and I have time to sit and read, school starts on Tuesday. The looming homework mass did not stop me from buying a nice stack of books today though. Homework is so much easier to ignore than puppies.

  2. Michelle Says:

    Aw, new puppy! Congrats!

    I spent mine putting a lot of hours into my freelance writing, with great results. I love jobs that don't feel like work.

  3. Buffy Andrews Says:

    I so feel summer has just whizzed by. Makes me sad. I wrote this on my blog, and I think it sums up how I feel.

    I Wish Summer Could Stay Forever

    I wish summer could stay forever, wrapping me in its warmth and kissing me with rays of sunshine.

    I wish summer could stay forever, fireflies flickering in the night and the moon standing guard in the starry sky.

    I wish summer could stay forever, tomatoes dangling from twisty vines and sweet corn hiding in coats of green.

    I wish summer could stay forever, children’s laughter spilling through open windows and the ice-cream truck bell singing as it snakes through the neighborhood.

    I wish summer could stay forever, sun-drenched clothes bobbing on clotheslines and steaks sizzling over white coals.

    I wish summer could stay forever, green grass tickling bare toes and butterfly bushes dressed in vibrant hues.

    I wish summer could stay forever, but it can’t.

    Fall will prepare a colorful feast for our eyes then Old Man Winter will yawn and stretch his snowy arms. Spring will escort nature’s reawakening, but it’s summer, ah summer, that I love most.

    I wish it could stay forever.

  4. Kerrie Flanagan Says:

    I felt I did miss out on summer reading. I envisioned hours of uninterrupted reading in the mountains or in my back yard in the early morning–getting through 5 or 6 novels over the course of the summer.

    It didn't happen. I read one good book, Water for Elephants, and that was it. But I did spend some quality time with my family (immediate and extended) camping in Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota and that was definitely worth it.

  5. Carrie Harris Says:

    I'm a water baby. Always have been. So the fact that it's been borderline cold here most of the summer has cramped my aquatic style. That and the lack of anything but a baby pool.

  6. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    This was not a good summer. But I'm getting a chance for a do-over by moving to the beach next week. I cannot wait.

    I had no idea you were a Jersey Shore Girl. Me too! Loved it!

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