Friday, August 15, 2008

10 things I love about the end of summer

  1. That butterfly feeling you get when school is about to start. New faces, new friends, new opportunities– not to mention new pens/pencils/notebooks/etc.
  2. Cooler weather. I love summer, but I get a bit tired of being hot, sweaty, dehydrated, and of dragging the hose around the yard to keep things green(ish). Sleeping with the windows open is a breath of fresh air (sorry, bad pun, I know).
  3. Draney Camp. This is the annual family reunion of my brothers and sisters. We camp together for three days and my brothers and I welt each other with paintballs on the second day. Actually, we didn’t get to go this year, for various reasons, but I still love the tradition. (The brothers are probably welting each other as I write this.)
  4. Fall colors. I know we’re not there yet, but the reds and yellows and oranges of turning aspens are just around the corner.
  5. Sending kids back to school. Is this a cruel one? Most kids (mine included, mostly) are dreading August 25th, but Keri and I are looking forward to the end of “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”
  6. Garden-fresh produce. I delivered some pictures to one of my clients the other day and he dragged me (okay, not dragged– I was willing) out in to his garden and gave me: potatoes, carrots, onions (two kinds), garlic, cilantro, tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapenos, and some of the most delicious cucumbers I have ever eaten. Local vine-ripened tomatoes put those cardboard things you get in the supermarket to shame.
  7. Crisp mornings.
  8. The Olympics. Okay… this isn’t one we get to do every summer, but this year we do. Who isn’t at least a little bit excited by the amazing things that Michael Phelps is doing. All the amazing athletics are just plain fun to watch.
  9. Planning fall classes. This one is probably too closely tied to #1 to qualify as a separate item, but one of my favorite parts of my job is imagining the ways that my students and I can work together towards something good and right and meaningful.
  10. Knowing that I don’t have to stop reading when I go back to work. I’ve spent the summer reading all kinds of things– professional articles, SF stories, mythology, graphic novels, British literature, and even some philosophy. My job allows me (in fact, requires me) to continue to read broadly and deeply. What other kinds of job would a bibliophile want?

So.. what do you love about summer (or its end)? Post your reply as a comment on this posting.


Peetiedy said...

I am super sad to have the camping season getting to the end. But Autumn is My favorite season. I could happily have it last twice as long as it does. Beside the Fall time and loving the crispness of the air and the colors and smells. I love baking and watching Football. Summer is so hot that I want to bake but don't like heating up the house. This is the best time for all of that to come together. Halloween is also one of my favorite Holidays. I don't know why just love it. So I am sad to have one time end. But so excited to have my favorite begin.

Clark Draney said...

Hear, hear on the baking, and the color and smells of fall. When the leaves begin to come down off the trees, I love to crunch through them on my way to class or whatever.