Well, summer has come and gone then, I suppose, though I always like to think of the first two or three weeks of September as transitional ones — maybe not still summer, but not quite fall yet either. Fummer? Sall? Whatever it is, I’m a fan, and not just because I like back-to-school sales (even as an adult who is long out of school) or that my birthday falls in this period (it’s Sunday!) or even that new episodes of favorite TV shows start up again (actually, I can’t think of any shows I’m excited for, sadly, and I’m already beginning to miss “Breaking Bad” even though there are three episodes left). It’s not even because Starbucks starts selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes (the only reason to go to Starbucks, as far as I’m concerned; well, and the comfy chairs).
I love that these few weeks when the temperature hovers around 70-82, you can still get away with wearing no socks, but you can start incorporating jackets or the occasional scarf. I love that for three or four blessed weeks, you neither sweat nor freeze your balls (or whatever) off waiting for the bus or taking your kid to the park.
Speaking of taking your kid places, last week we took Jackson to Chicago for the first time. The purpose of the visit was to attend my friend Brooke’s wedding (a child bride at 43), but as with all trips to Chicago, I managed to see some great friends, too, and even take Jackson to the beach for the first time where he got to meet none other that Miss Addie Pray. It was a good, good time. Even the flights there and back were tolerable. Jackson actually napped! Curled up on our laps! Pigs really DID fly (flying pigs were the theme of the wedding; Brooke and her now-husband finally tied the knot after ten years of on-again-off-again. See, there’s hope for those of you in similarly offbeat relationships!).
Anyway, I danced so hard at the wedding that I’m still sore, four days later (why yes, I am officially moving into my late 30s…). But it was worth it. And it was the perfect way to close out summer and welcome fummer. Or sall? Whatever it is, hello, I love you.