Good-bye summer

FI-EditorialOK, who blinked and allowed summer vacation to disappear? We want answers and we want them now.

Of course there rarely is accountability when it comes to finding out who was it that let summer disappear in the blink of an eye, at least not the kind of accountability we want, since it’s usually our own fault for spending either too much time at work or too much time in front of the TV binge watching all the shows we missed in the spring. But it’s still hard to imagine that summer vacation is over and it’s time to get back to work or, even worse, school.

Yes, school. It doesn’t really seem possible that school is back come Tuesday morning after that always delightful Monday orientation. Sure, the back to school sales in the supermarket and at other stores have been an evil omen (except to parents of young children … to them these are signs of deliverance and peace and quiet) but it still doesn’t seem quite real. How can school be starting up? Wasn’t it just the last day of school?

You feel that it just can’t be possible that it’s time to go back since Greenwich High School’s commencement was yesterday, right? Well, actually it was more than two months ago. Time must really fly when you’re having fun or at least not having to get up early to be ready for the school bus. So this is it, this is the last weekend of summer vacation. You’d better enjoy it while it lasts.

A big problem is that while school may start it doesn’t “feel” like fall. After all it is still August and we’re still enjoying more of the pleasant weather that has marked these past few months (and hope we won’t pay for with a brutal winter). It doesn’t seem like it’s school time yet. Most of the leaves are in the trees. No one is breaking out jackets yet and, despite the supermarkets’ insistence on rushing the season, no one is thinking about Halloween yet.

But that just means it’s going to be harder to get back to the grind. August is such a good month for kicking back and enjoying time off that it’s a real challenge to the focus on school or work, where that “to do” pile is growing by the day. Therefore everyone in Greenwich is duty bound to enjoy this weekend.

Go to Greenwich Point. Take a bike ride. Enjoy a long walk. Watch a Yankees game at the Stadium. Go see Guardians of the Galaxy (seriously, go see it). Do whatever you can to enjoy your time. There’s so little of it that can actually be spent on fun things that you have to make the most of it. This isn’t just for Greenwich students. This advice is for everyone.

Because come next week, summer vacation is both literally and as a metaphor over. Time has once again slipped by.

But at least there’s one advantage of it moving so fast. Who wants to start a countdown of how many days there are until Christmas?

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