September 4, 2012

Requiem For The Summer

If there is one true barometer for summer - something by which you can measure the progress of summer - it is our neighborhood pool. It opens every Memorial Day. People descend, neighbors reconnect, kids play and dreams of swim team surface. Later, swim team practices dominate the pool in the early morning, meets kick off Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Eventually the season ends, attendance drops, the summer warms the water. Then Labor Day rolls around. At precisely 8:00 in the evening, the chairs are put away, umbrellas rolled up and trash taken out one last time. And like that the summer is over.

While I realize it was the same number of days, hours, minutes and seconds as every other summer before it, this summer flew by. I don't really know how to account for it. We squeezed a lot in, had many adventures, made new friends, won medals, visited beaches, floated down rivers, and went new places. And for all those reasons, I'm going to miss this summer.

Mia starts second grade today. Owen starts his final year of preschool later this week. Next year he'll be climbing on a bus. How these things happened, I have yet to figure out. What I know is this - time is most easily measured by milestones and the things that happen between them. Maybe that's why that window of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is so precious, so fleeting, and so wonderful.

What were your favorite parts of the summer?

Posted by Chris at September 4, 2012 7:05 AM

Becoming a Grandma! That is the best thing ever!

Posted by: Maribeth at September 4, 2012 8:55 AM

I don't have kids, and I barely use my community pool (not once last year, twice this year), but the opening and closing of it mark my summer also.

I get very sad when I realize it will not be available anymore until next year.

I feel like the pool measure of "summer" is very short... especially when we are still seeing temperatures in the high 80s/90s!

Posted by: Lisa at September 4, 2012 11:32 AM

i always love hearing about east coast "pool culture". it's not like that here in portland! sounds so fun. happy first day, mia!

Posted by: kati at September 4, 2012 2:45 PM

I can't believe summer is already over! I started a new job in May, so the past few months really have flown by. I think my favorite part of summer is going to be my vacation in a couple of weeks. Yes, summer is technically over, and it's more of a staycation than a real vacation, but I'm excited for it!

Good luck to Mia on her first day of 2nd grade!

Posted by: erin at September 4, 2012 11:25 PM