Yesterday was my birthday which, for me personally, always marks the very end of summer. Labor Day has passed, school is back in session, there’s a new crispness in the air, and I’ve started scouting for the kids’ Halloween costumes. I’ve always loved this point in the year where summer and fall intersect — where you can get away with comfortably wearing shorts and a sweatshirt (best combo ever), the farmers markets are bursting with all the best produce (and flowers!), and you can jog outside without your under-boobs sweating. Before we jump into full-on fall, I wanted to check in with everyone and see how you’re doing. Here are a few questions for you, if you want to play:
1. What was your favorite moment/event/vacation/memory of this summer?
2. Favorite discovery (product, music, show, recipe, etc.) of the season?
3. Biggest disappointment or worry?
4. What are you most looking forward to this fall?
My answers below:
1. I had so many great moments this summer. A few favorites include watching my best friend marry his longtime partner in a beautiful summer solstice wedding; hosting friends for a fireworks-viewing party on the 4th of July; celebrating my 10th wedding anniversary with Drew; giving my parents’ yard a little makeover and seeing how happy that made them; meditating with baby bunnies; watching the sun rise over Lake Michigan; and retreating upstate with the kids and some friends over the final days of summer break (thereby greatly reducing back-to-school jitters since everyone was happily distracted with a pool, the woods, and a treehouse).
3. Biggest worry: you know, just the global destruction of our planet and the total inaction of our government to do anything about it. Sometimes I feel selfish for bringing kids into this mess – not just because I’ve added to our overpopulation problem but because I genuinely worry about what kind of future will exist for them in this world we are quickly destroying…
4. On a different note, the thing I’m most looking forward to this fall is finding a better balance in my life now that both kids are finally in school full-time and I’ll have more hours in the week for myself. I’m excited to spend more time working on DW, getting in shape, and enjoying some of the amenities of New York City that I am not as easily able to enjoy with kids in tow (leisurely trips to museums! going to matinees! walking around Manhattan aimlessly and checking out bookstores and cafes and parks).
What about you?