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Summer's End. A short story

Updated on September 3, 2014

Summer's End

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

hotdogs, hamburgers

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,

and yes

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

for Winter.

I only hope that Fall will

hang around

for just a little while.


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    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you stricktly for stopping by to read. Wow, Australia must be so beautiful. I loof forward to reading more of your facts hubs.

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      4 years ago from Australia

      Your summer doesn't seem so unlike mine here in Australia:)

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      4 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you James. I prefer Fall, but it is getting very cool at night. Hope winter is not lurking around the corner.

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      4 years ago from Morocco

      Good work .My favorite season of the year is Summer :)

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you klidstone, yes where I am as well its a beautiful day with a slight breeze.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 

      5 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      Beautifully done. One thing for sure is it definitely feels like fall now. I'm sitting outside at the fire as I write. A little chilly, but still cozy. Love your pictures.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you tobusiness Spring is my second favorite time of the year. However, we tend to miss out on this great Season as Summer comes to quickly.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      I always find it hard to chose a favourite season, but if I'm pushed, I just have to go with spring time. Love the hub, the autumn photos are simply stunning.

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you Frank. Summer is a great season, but as my hub said; I welcome Fall.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Lisa what a wonderful write enjoyed the creativity

    • lisavanvorst profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa VanVorst 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thank you WritinginRichmond and DDE for reading. Right now in New Jersey we are experiencing a heat wave. This is strange since the Summer months have been so mild. Yet now that the last barbecue is over and the kids are back in school it gets hot. As I said in my hub; I cannot wait for the cooler months.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Gorgeous photos! A great thought here. Autumn now and weathr change has not been the same as every other year.

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      5 years ago

      Fall is by far my favorite season. However, I think my anticipation for summer’s arrival is based on the great family vacations we have. The long stretches of time spent with my wife and children without the interruptions of work and school are special. But nothing rivals the anticipation of the arrival of fall in my book.

      Your short story was great. As I read it, I felt like I was reliving summer. Great job at capturing all that goes into summer what it is. Thanks!


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