I've been hearing a lot of lamenting lately about how the summer is over. Labor Day has come and gone, school has started, no more fun in the sun, etc, etc. It's amazing how much people (myself included) have their lives run by the picture at the top of their calender. First of all, summer does not come to an "official" end until the very end of the month of September (how many of you knew that?). September 22nd is when autumn actually starts. Second of all, so long as the weather holds out, you can really do any fun in the sun activities you want for as long as you want. One year it stayed so warm so far into fall that I was still laying out in shorts and a tshirt until the week before Thanksgiving! Third of all, if you do summer things NOW, you can usually do them for MUCH CHEAPER! In some cases (the beach, membership lakes), you can enjoy them FOR FREE.
Now some of you may be rooting for the end of summer with your sweaters on and your harvesting enthusiam. I'm also right with you guys as well. As much as I love summer, every season has its great moments (okay, except for winters after Christmas when it doesn't snow, and it's just blah). My favorite parts of the seasons are often that blend of two of them as one drifts into another. When my husband and I go on vacation every year in the beginning of October, we always seem to fully enjoy the perks of both summer and autumn. Often in the beginning of the week, we're wearing shorts and tshirts and hanging out on the beach, and then toward the end of the week we're heading out for some apple and pumpkin picking in jeans and sweaters.
In order to take full advantage of these crossover moments in seasons, I encourage you to look at the year as having eight seasons instead of four - winter, wring, spring, spummer, summer, sautumn, autumn, and auinter (and they should probably have much MUCH better names, but you get the idea).
So now is the time to begin your appreciation for sautumn (yes - still a terrible name for it). Enjoy a swim during the day and a bonfire in the evening. Pair your worn in shorts with a cozy sweater. Have a bbq and serve apple pie for dessert. Relish the empty stretch of sand and the line-free bathrooms at the beach. Seasons are more about the days and what you do with them then pages on the calender. These are your days and your life, and you will be the one to decide how you want to live them.