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Summer 2015 Is Over, but Gratitude Remains

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It’s always a little sad to say goodbye to summer.  We look forward to it all spring (sometimes even in winter), and when it comes, we dive right in!  We soak up everything summer has to offer – lazier days, later nights, casual clothes, trips to the beach, barbecues with friends, more time to relax.

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Then, before we know it, summer’s over, and fall has arrived.

It’s not that we don’t like fall.  We do.  Fall has a lot to offer too.  It’s just that it seems to come sort of abruptly, and the changes it brings seem to be in such stark contrast to the summer we have gotten so used to.  It feels like we don’t really have time to ease into fall.

It’s just right there in our face!

Suddenly, we’re so much busier!  We’re rushing to get to school on time, then to work, then to pick up kids and take them here or there.  We’re on a tight schedule.  Bedtimes are earlier.  Everything’s earlier.  Mornings come much sooner, much, much sooner.  We have so much to do.

But eventually we adapt.  We get into our fall groove, and adjust to our busy lives, the hustle and bustle of school, work, and other commitments, the tight schedules, the homework, the cooler weather, the earlier everything, and the life that takes place most of the year.  We stop grieving the loss of summer, and focus on the season at hand.

I know that I’ll experience this adjustment in the near future.  However, I’m not going to let summer fade away completely.  I’ll cherish and remember it always.

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I’m going to hold onto the precious moments I was so blessed to have.  I’m going to hold onto the time I got to spend with my family, all the fun we had, the outings and adventures we experienced together (even when they were just to the store), our days at the beach, the barbecues at friends’ houses, the trips to Grandma’s house, the playdates, the lazy days at home, and the excitement and enthusiasm with which my daughter experienced summer day camp for the first time.

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And I will be grateful.

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I’ll be grateful that I got to experience this summer with my daughter as a 6-year-old.  Summers with 6-year-olds are awesome!  Just like anything else with my child, I treasure every moment and realize that children are only the age they are for a short while.  So, it’s important to soak it up.  Summer’s great for that!

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As I jump feet first into fall, sure I’m a little sad to say goodbye to summer 2015.  But it’s not gone completely.  The gratitude remains.  So does the anticipation of more summers to come.

Meanwhile, I’ll embrace fall.  My daughter gets to start first grade.  I get to go back to a job I love.  I get to enjoy all the great things fall has to offer: the cooler weather, wearing boots and jackets, pumpkin spice candles and coffee, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.  Soon after, it will be Christmas!

I’m ready to soak up everything fall has to offer.

Then, before we know it, it will be summer 2016.  I can hardly wait!

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