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September is still summertime in my book

September is still summertime in my book! Image via Kristen Duke Photography

September is still summertime in my book! Image via Kristen Duke Photography

I'm not yet ready to embrace the fall and all her beauty and all her wonder. I'm not ready to see all the images of sweaters and blankets, of pumpkins and mums, of cider and cocoa that are flooding my social media streams. Don't misunderstand me, autumn is my favorite season - but I'm not ready to bid my summer a fond farewell. 

September is a month of contrasts and juxtapositions. It's a confusing month - the weather tells us one thing, but the calendar tells us something altogether differently. As big yellow busses present themselves, making many parents jump for joy, as shopping bags fill up with notebooks, binders, folders, pens and pencils we gear up for another year of learning - of rigid schedules filled with academia, sport and other extra-curricular activities.

For many, like myself, we have a new world to discover - the word of college visits, applications and testing. It's so hard to head in that direction when the hot weather shows no sign of cooling. While September often promises to be a month of warm sweaters, it's still a month of sundresses, flip-flops and bathing suits. Unlike the schools in the south, schools here in New England have no air conditioning. My children officially start school today as the temperatures will once again creep up into the 90s, with oppressive humidity and no means of cooling off. September can really be such a cruel month!

And since I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer and all that she has to offer, I won't! I'll visit the beach and swim in the pool... I'll wear my flip flops and slip into sundresses... I'll sip ice-cold iced-tea (and my rose after 5:00!)... I still have ice cream and lobster rolls and barbeques to enjoy. And although our days are already getting shorter, I'll try to catch a few more evenings at the shore and watch the sun set off in the distance. I'm not done with you summer... I'm simply not!

September is still summer in my book! Image via Stylecraze

September is still summer in my book! Image via Stylecraze

September is still summertime! Image via Tumblr

September is still summertime! Image via Tumblr

September does not mean the end of summer! Image via Down East

September does not mean the end of summer! Image via Down East

Its still summertime in September! Image via Smitten Studio online

Its still summertime in September! Image via Smitten Studio online

September is still ice cream cone time! Image via Gianna and Company

September is still ice cream cone time! Image via Gianna and Company

September is still tomato season! Image via Canellevanille

September is still tomato season! Image via Canellevanille

September is still lobster roll time! Image via Four Square

September is still lobster roll time! Image via Four Square

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