Death of Summer
Welcome to the 6th floor.
Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.
Subject: Is Summer Over?
“Why is everyone suddenly panicking and talking about summer being over and last chance to do this or that? It’s only August 21st!” Frank exclaims.
“Colleges start, Kids go back to school soon. Labor day is always considered the unofficial end to summer.” Ann says.
“Summer is just summer. If you’re not a kid I don’t get what the big deal is. Not like you get more time off. I suppose leaving work and it being light out is preferable for most than January when it’s dark early..” Sara muses.
“Everything is about families and kids. You know that. People don’t get any more vacation time, but they’ll often save it for a family trip in the summer when their kids are off. That’s why Disney is crazy..crazier..during the summer.” Tabatha explains.
“The weather does start to get a little cooler in September too.” Ann says.
“There are always weekends for much of this stuff. It’s not like you can’t drive to the shore or the Hamptons after school on Friday and spend all weekend there. The weather is still warm in early September many times. It’s certainly not cold until well into October most years.” Frank rants.
“I don’t think anyone has ever been irreparably harmed by missing a week of school to go to Disney or somewhere else in October. Especially grade school. Are people that boring that they all have to take the same vacations during the same time of year and have the same experiences?” Billy asks.
“Yeah. Pretty much.” Ann replies.
“People might say the same about your desire to drink heavily every weekend.” Tabitha says.
“Weekend? When has it being Wednesday stopped us?” Frank asks.
“Besides, we don’t drink and avoid doing other things. We’re all open to new ideas. I agree with Frank though, people treat this time of year like it’s the death of fun until next June.” Scott says.
“Me and Frank had a blast with our spontaneous trip down to Atlantic City last weekend. It’s not like it’s impossible to have fun.” Sara says.
“If you’ve got a kid or two, maybe a dog, these things become harder. Can I get a sitter? Do I take the kids with me? Will little Johnny next door walk Rover for me? Does anyone have a basketball game that we’d miss or piano lessons?” Tabitha says.
“So you shouldn’t try to have some fun just because it might be a little harder?” Frank asks.
“No, you can have fun whenever you want. It just tends to be more planned when you have more to worry about. It’s a sacrifice, but many parents find plenty of enjoyment with their kids or less spontaneous ways to have fun.” Tabitha explains.
“That’s why I’m not sure I even want kids. Loosey Goosey.” Sara says.
“I think we should have a summer’s not over party.” Scott muses.
“Excellent idea. We’ll pick up a case of Sam Adams Summer Ale, make frozen drinks with little umbrellas…” Frank says.
“Any excuse for a party right?” Tabitha asks.
“Knowing their luck, it’ll drop to 50 degrees when they decide to have it and everyone will be cold.” Sara says.
“That just means more cuddling to keep warm.” Scott says, moving close to Sara.
Sara rolls her eyes and walks away.