True Summer’s End

 

The official first day of autumn was Thursday, September 22nd this year. The official first moment being 10:21 AM local, and believe it or not, I am not making that up. Determined by how the Earth orbits the sun and the tilt of it’s axis, this was the exact moment of this year’s autumnal equinox, the sun’s crossing of the celestial equator. On this day the tilt of the planet’s axis is perpendicular to the sun’s rays and day and night are nearly exactly twelve hours each everywhere in the world.

There are several other, less astronomical, points that people use to mark the passing of summer into fall. For many it’s the celebration of Labor Day, the last three day weekend of the year and often the last picnics and barbeques before the air turns cold. School age parents might say it’s that hectic first morning back and the stress of trying to get everybody ready and out the door in time, laden down with bagged lunches and shiny new backpacks. For sports fans it could be the first full weekend of football, either college or professional, or that last trip of the year to the ballpark for a baseball game.

 

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For the past several years summer for us has meant trying to get as much time poolside as our New England weather will allow. Some of this time is spent reading and sipping margaritas, much more spent scooping out leaves and watching over a five year old who is quite possibly already a stronger swimmer than I am, but still has some work to do before becoming the mermaid that she sometimes seems to believe herself to be.

 

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For me the true end of summer comes around the last weekend of September, sometimes even into the the first week of October. Weeks after most reasonable people have started storing away their shorts and swimwear my wife and I can still be found shivering in our backyard, stubbornly trying to take advantage of every ray of sunshine and days now free of calls to “watch this!”

The end of summer is an admission of defeat, a time when reality must be faced and cooler temperatures acknowledged. It means putting on snow pants, duct taping the ankles tight, and jumping into arctic waters to remove as much residual debris as possible before covering the pool and completely losing most lower extremity sensation.

 

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No matter what day is chosen, whether based on scientific, societal, or personal preference, the end of summer is a melancholy time, a time of dark mornings, grey skies, and long nights. For myself, it’s also a time of trying to raise my core temperature back up to a safe level.

 

 

 
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25 thoughts on “True Summer’s End”

  1. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about clearing and covering a pool when it gets chilly. Brrrr! I do hope you warm yourself up afterwards with copious cups of tea, or coffee! I really love Autumn, it’s an excuse to get my boots and jumpers back out and cosy up on the sofa with a nice hot cup of tea on the dark nights (with little orange dog curled up on my feet, of course). Thanks for sharing, I really did enjoy your post and your little girl is adorable x

  2. I love Fall so as much as it is a bummer to see Summer end, it’s not that bad.
    I love the temps in Fall, the colors of the leaves, and the holidays. I also enjoy football.
    Anyway, enjoy those last swims.

    1. Haven’t been a fan of how cold the last few mornings have been. Hard to dress the mini knowing its going to warm up quite a bit

  3. I’m quite an autumn and winter fan as Halloween, fireworks (over here), my birthday and Christmas are on the way! Get to January and then it’s the horrible cold and miserable feeling for me. I bet it is not pleasant cleaning out that pool and covering it for another few months! thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  4. I do love Summer, but Fall/Autumn has become a favorite too! Sitting outside with a blankie, fire-pit roaring and a good glass of Merlot. Well, non-alcoholic beer for the next 9 months. 🙂 .. Pleasant times. #stayclassymama

  5. Ahh it does start to get chillier yes, but then we have the delights of warming, hearty meals like soups, stews and casseroles. Then there are the lovely woolly jumpers and bobble hats. Ohhhh I do love autumn 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to the first ever #MBFSL

  6. I always class the start of autumn to be my birthday (end of september)! I love everything about autumn, especially putting the heating back on at home! There is so much to do in autumn with halloween, firework night (in the uk), so much beauty outside, and the weather isn’t too bad. It is January that I loathe! #MBFSL

  7. Damn I hate the end of summer, but you have science to back you so I guess it’s over! ; ) I love this post, especially this bit, ” when reality must be faced and cooler temperatures acknowledged.” I am acknowledging the temperature, doesn’t mean I have to like it! Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

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