Summer’s Blurred Lines
by Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
If you ask people when summer starts, most of them will say June 21. And, of course, they’d be correct. But have you ever noticed that summer starts at different times for different people?
It occurred to me recently that summer is more a function of where you are in your life, than it is some date on the calendar.
For instance, when you’re in elementary and middle school, summer officially starts on the last day of school, whether that’s before or after June 21. In high school, at least around here, summer begins when your last exam ends, no matter what the last day of school is for everyone else in your district.
Then you send your child off to college, and all of a sudden fall comes a whole lot earlier, and summer starts even earlier! Our daughter, who just finished her freshman year in college, started her summer on May 5 this year!
I remember when our son was in middle school, and it was his first official day of summer, as school had ended the day before. Up until then, I had been working for myself, and that’s all he knew. But that year I had a job, and as I was getting ready to walk out the door, he asked me where I was going. “To work,” I said. “Wait a minute,” he said. “It’s summer. Why aren’t you off until fall?”
Hubby and I recently noticed that, now that we’re emptynesters and not dependent on the public school calendar anymore, if we want to take a vacation, we can do it after Labor Day and save a lot of money! We would never have even thought to do a post-Labor Day vacay in the past!
So here we are in July, where it’s summertime for everyone in South Jersey. Air conditioners are at full blast, and you need enough sunblock to cover a lot more skin. But in retail, where composition and spiral bound notebooks are everywhere you look, summer is, sadly, just about over.
While it lasts.
PS: When does summer start for your family? Comment below!
PPS: As many of you know, I’m working out at the Cherry Hill Health and Racquet Club. But did you know that you can sign up for a free Pilates session, or a free 14-Day Pass?
PPPS: Celebrate summer with us on August 4 at our Beachin’ Fun Party! We’ll be at Aenigma Jewelry & Accessories for Angel Card and Intuitive readings (no additional charge for these!), plus wine, beachy snacks and a $10 Aenigma gift card for every guest! Click here for details.