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Summer's End. A short story
Summer for most people starts
after the first barbecue of the season.
That being Memorial Day.
Maybe it's because
I live in New Jersey
and this is how it feels.
Once Memorial Day comes
the traffic anywhere near the shores
of New Jersey gets busy.
When the holiday hits, the beaches are full.
The neighbors all mow their grass every week.
The barbecues are going
and the smell of grilled
and all the side dishes begin.
Then school is over and the children
are outside playing.
Summer comes to a full throttle
when the hot weather comes.
The pools are open,
the beaches are crowded and
the traffic in New Jersey is endless.
Then comes 4th of July.
The second official barbecue of Summer.
Fireworks are all over New Jersey.
You don't need to stay home
and watch them on television.
The sounds of Summer are distinct.
The children are playing
and riding their bikes.
The birds are outside singing,
the lawn mowers are going.
Now the heat is on
and the air conditioners are blowing.
You just don't want Summer to end.
Now it's the big Labor Day weekend.
Traffic is worse and gas prices go up.
Supermarkets are crowded and everyone
is stocking up for the last fling,
the Labor Day Weekend.
Parties are happening in the neighbors yard.
Swimming is happening in every ocean and pool.
Then Poof!, Labor Day Weekend has ended.
Here in New Jersey people from all states
come to visit. They come from Florida,
Ohio, New York, Idaho,
yes the license plates
and driving reflect this.
But now its over.
The children went back to school.
Gas prices went down and
the barbecues have slowed down.
Yet, Summer is not officially over.
I guess it is just the notion that once
the traffic slows and license plates no
longer reflect other states, it just seems
Summer has ended.
The neighbors start closing up their pools.
The beaches are less crowded.
The lawns are not mowed every week.
Summer is not my favorite season.
In fact I love Fall, but often we go too
soon into Winter.
I welcome the changing of the leaves,
the cooler days and even cooler nights.
I like not battling the traffic when I go to work.
So an early farewell to Summer
and a welcoming to Fall,
my favorite season of the year.
Something to Ponder
Why does so many people wait for Summer?
It is because Summer is vacation time from work?
Summer means more time with the kids.
Time to lay out and get a tan.
Many individuals hate the cold weather.
However, Spring is before Summer,
So why the big anticipation of Summer?
Maybe I am not a big fan of Summer,
simply because to me it is just
another season in the year.
Maybe it is because I hate the
hot weather, high electric bills
and yes as my article said,
the New Jersey traffic.
However, I am in no big rush
I only hope that Fall will
for just a little while.