Imaginary Sails

An Ode to the Last Days of Summer

I get it, I love my boots and scarves and Pumpkin Spice Lattes as much as the next girl and fall is awesome, but can we please squeeze the last few days out of summer before we kiss it goodbye?

Living in such a moderate climate means we didn’t exactly suffer through a long hot summer, and it’s not as though we’ll be doing any snow shoveling this winter, but it is still kind of warm out and so seeing so many people wearing boots and warm jackets out and about this weekend has been a little confusing for me. (I’ll admit I am easily confused at times ;) ).

Wearing jeans and a light cotton long sleeve t-shirt this afternoon, I was sweating when the sun peeked out. I was at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island and I absolutely would have been swimming if I had my suit. I also felt it was warm enough to strip the baby down and let him splash in the lake, and I am totally that Mom who always needs to make sure my baby is warm. Please please please can we just sit back and soak in these last days of summer, because the endless rainy days and dark commutes will be upon us soon enough, but they aren’t here quite yet. Starbucks has tricked us with their very sneaky, tasty, and effective marketing ploy involving a certain pumpkin beverage, into thinking it is fall when in fact it is still officially summer. The fact that the Halloween Candy has been out for a while now as well does not help either…

When I was living in Australia I totally got it, on the east coast where I was living it went from pretty hot to even hotter and although I wasn’t there for “winter”, “fall” was barely different from summer. At that time I would have jumped on the fall bandwagon weeks and weeks early! I got home in April and could have drank in the crisp morning air for months after living in hotness day in and day out, I missed seasons so much!

Here is another reason I might be feeling like summer cannot be over yet: it was my first summer as a Mommy and while I had visions of countless beach days (the baby would just stay where I put him and play in the shade right?!) and “doing whatever I wanted”, because I would be on maternity leave ie: “not working”, obviously it was nothing like that with a little one. Don’t get me wrong I feel super lucky that I was not at work, but the amount of effort it takes to get a baby ready for the beach versus the time you actually spend at the beach … just makes me chuckle at my naive expectations…

ANYWAYS, I love having 4 seasons that can be differentiated and I enjoy them all very much for different reasons, so I insist on enjoying the last three days of summer, I might even go jump in the ocean just because I feel like I should still be able to. Let’s get a few more days of flip flops in, drink an iced coffee, and pass on the sweaters, boots and warm jackets. Fall starts on September 23rd at 4:21am, and until then it is still officially summer!!!

{now I can only hope it isn’t cold and rainy for the next three days straight!}

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  1. Justine

    September 20, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Ha ha perfect! It’s funny how some people don’t get that mega corporations control our shift in hobbies and our focus on the next consumer holiday.

    1. Tanitha

      September 28, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      Totally if we just went off the calendar instead of marketing life would be a lot different!

  2. Ashlee

    September 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I totally agree! I kept telling E it was still summer, even though everyone around us was saying that summer was over (probably because school started again). PSL… they’re good, but I could wait a little longer for them hehe

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