Summer is so weird.
Lisa made a valid point that the 4th of July feeling like a summer midpoint, when for most of us it is less than halfway through (for us, around 1/3 through, actually).
AND YET, I just received a text today about charges for a school-issued Chromebook (for A) and field trip fees. And it made me think about the fact that the start of school — or at least the start of when we start thinking about back to school — is not that far away, either.
I think many of us are in a phase of life where things just seem to move quickly, and therefore every season seems short. And then we often feel like the next stage or season just sneaks up on us, like some kind of mischievous time cat burglar or something. The *worst* culprit in sneaking up is Jan/Feb, because it’s a WHOLE DIFFERENT YEAR so it can’t possibly be soon enough to think about, right? But the second worst is probably fall, because no one is really in a planning mood in the summer.
(ALSO – the actual season of summer is June 21 – September 23. Yet when I think of summer – aka Quintile 3 – it really means the weeks when school is out, which for us is June 12 – August 18. Very different!)
Planning Fall . . .
So on that note, I recognize that “Planning Fall” is not at the top of everyone’s list right now. There are beach trips to take, camp hellos/goodbyes to celebrate, and poolside fun galore. But when 2023 started, you probably though through the first several months — probably into summer. After all, it was this year.
Yet I have do NOT feel like I have a handle on Sept – Dec the way I DID have a handle through May – Jul in January. And I am probably not alone in this. I admit that (even to me) it doesn’t sound that enticing to figure out right now. But not doing it might mean limited options for some of the things we want to do during those months, so . . . I hope to have at least big rocks (mostly travel, Josh’s call schedule, etc) sorted out in the next couple of weeks.
(Also, at least one of those trips is with a group of others – my college BFFs! We have the dates identified, but there are 6 of us and we seem to have some group inertia preventing us from actually booking anything which is making me — and only me — nervous. Ha.)