WHY Does Summer Have To End?
I love summer. Everything about it. I love sunny days, being by the beach, eating al fresco. When the weather is good we feel happy and motivated (although Brits in particular have been known to complain when it’s too hot, some of us are never happy). Working from home means that I am lucky enough to spend the whole of the summer hols with my nearest and dearest, including the husband who works in a school so has the holidays off.
This year our tween has spent a lot of time in her room wishing her life away. She is desperate to start high school so I suspect these holidays have dragged for her. Not for me though, I love the slowdown in routine, still being in my PJs at 10am and not having to rush out madly to get child 1 to school. We’ve had lots of lazy days just chilling out at home without anywhere particular to go to. Predictably the weather has been a bit on and off, but when it has been sunny, it’s been hot.
Summer with a three year old is not quite the relaxing experience that you dream off. You picture long days in the garden with the children playing happily around you, whilst you relax on a sun lounger reading the latest bestseller and drinking homemade lemonade. The reality is that by the time you have coaxed them away from back to back Paw Patrol or Barbie Princess Charm School, slapped on enough suntan cream to make them resemble a marshmallow and got a selection of outdoor toys available, they declare that they want to go inside again.
I like to dine outside during the summer. Almost from the moment the weather turns remotely sunny you will find us on the patio eating pretending we are on the Amalfi Coast as opposed to a medium sized town in the North West of England. Sometimes it doesn’t have to be sunny, just dry and we sit outside with our spaghetti, so what if we are wearing our hoodies?! Summer makes you want to eat more healthily, more fruit, more salad and definitely more ice-cream. Yes,I have decided that ice-cream is now a health food. It makes me feel good anyway so surely that is the only criteria for it being healthy? In fact it makes me feel super, does that mean it’s a Super Food?
As we approach the end of August, it seems that summer is drawing to an end. The familiar ‘Back to School’ signs appear (to be fair these have been out since before my daughter even finished school in July), people are returning to work with glowing tans, but sad faces. The kids have had enough of being off and are yearning for some routine (as are the mums probably). Rather than accept that this is the end, we always comfort ourselves that we will probably have some good sunny days in September and the phrase ‘Indian Summer’ always gets bandied around at this time.
We all know it’s coming to an end. Why does summer have to end? Simple, we need to move on to the next phase. Don’t we all need to start thinking fondly of that next season? The nights draw in and get cooler (ok, so If you live near me you might not notice the difference between summer evenings), the colours change and everything gradually becomes orange and brown and all shades in between. We think about snuggling up in warm blankets whilst watching The Great British Bake Off or the new season of dramas that take us away from the reality rubbish of the summer months. We plan for Halloween and Bonfire Night and even mentions of the Christmas word become acceptable. Summer has to come to an end to make way for Autumn, the only season in the UK where the weather is actually what you would expect and women rejoice as skirts and opaque tights make a comeback, removing the pale, hairy leg trauma that has plagued them since May (or is that just me?)
What do you like about Autumn?
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