Sometimes I hear people moaning about how long the summer holidays are and how they’re ready for their kids to go back to school. I’m afraid that I fall firmly in the other camp called Denial of the Real World where we stay in our pj’s until…well, okay, the whole day. And we watch a lot of Gilmore Girls re-runs and then hang out at the beach. And eat ice cream every day. Which may explain why my autumn clothes are feeling a little snug. Maybe.
And I stay away from the shops where they are peddling new school uniforms and lunchboxes before school has even broken up for the summer (only to repeat the same thing with Christmas stuff before school has gone back in September- but that’s another story).
Goodbye Lazy Hazy Days of Summer.
We had what might be the best summer I’ve ever experienced in my nearly 20 years in the UK. It was sunny. Yes, actual sun. Almost every day. And one of our visits to the beach didn’t require a wind-break.
The holidays were peppered with some wonderful conversations and confidences from Minnie Sue about things like World War II (thanks to her week with Daddy and her visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial); body image; self-confidence; and minimalism. But lest you think she’s a mini-adult, there were plenty of days dressing up the American Girls; raucous evenings of hide and seek with a gang of kids; riding bikes and walking the kittens on their leads.
As a result, the Summer 2016 will live in my memory as a year when my little girl straddled the world of important Tweenage decisions and the sheer joy of just being a child.
UK Yankee is Back to School (Work)!
And then Bang! It’s September. Suddenly the leaves are dropping off our tree and the hollyhocks are turning brown. Minnie Sue and I have to face facts that its time to be sewing name tags into school uniforms and actually bothering to get dressed every morning. The Grim Face of Reality.
This week, she went back to school and I went back to work. We set alarm clocks and had sensible breakfasts (e.g. not Pop Tarts. I’m trying to set a good example).
It’s Autumn and we’re heading for The Grey Weather that characterises so much of the year over here. Oh how I long for the crisp blue skies of a Midwestern Fall and visits to the pumpkin farm.
But English Autumn has its own charms and I would be remiss not to mention them. We’re switching gears and letting go of summer and as a result, I’m definitely looking forward to
- Welly Boot Walks
- The local Apple Festival
- Breakfast picnics with our Haybarn friends
- Bonfire Night
Here’s hoping that you’re all having a smooth gear change!
Leave a comment below with your favourite things about Fall/Autumn! Are they the same as mine? 🙂