And every year we are faced with the unpleasant reality of Summer’s goodbye. We let go of Summer’s irregularity and embrace the return of Autumn’s structure. Shoes go back onto our feet, trips for ice cream become a once-in-a-while thing, and “back-to-school” springs up in conversation everywhere.
Back-to-school talk reminds me how quickly the hot months of summer come to an end. It reminds me of the feeling - excitement and dread - I felt in the last weeks of summer vacation. I wanted the regularity of school days back but knew I would miss warm slow days filled with nothing but wondering how I would spend the day ahead of me. It also reminds me of checking off the supply list my school sent out at the end of every summer. Working to complete the list made the end of summer disappear even faster.