Well that was fun while it lasted.
We are officially into September. School is back in session and the NFL regular season begins this weekend. It sure seems to me that fall is here.
Though the calendar says we have roughly two more weeks of summer, I really don’t feel like we’ve had that summer feeling for a few weeks now - particularly in terms of the weather.
Being a father to a young child, I am up early every morning - often before the sun - and I can’t remember the last time I woke up and the temperature was in the 60s. In fact, a few recent mornings were in the 40s.
Maybe I just never woke up early enough in my pre-parenthood days - in fact, I actively avoided waking up early - but I don’t particularly recall many August days in my life with a low in the 40s.
Usually I’m able to enjoy the first few weeks of the high school football season wearing short-sleeved shirts and often shorts on the sidelines for the Patriots’ and Tigers’ games. In Pequot Lakes’ first game of the season last week, I wore my coat. I have been a journalist for seven years, and that was the first time I needed my coat for an August football game.
Sure, the highs were often in the 70s most days last month, but the number of days with a high in the 80s or 90s, though usually common in the summer months, was relatively low this year.
Maybe temperatures will skyrocket to the mid-80s or something like that next week, but I think the fact would remain that the warmest, sunniest three months of the year weren’t all that warm and often not that sunny this time around.
Frankly, that makes me worry about the winter that may be coming around. With this summer being a bit cooler than usual, will Old Man Winter give us a similar treatment? Will we be subjected to more, or colder, blistering days than we are used to experiencing in a given winter?
I obviously don’t want to jinx us, but I can’t help but feel like that may be the case. Let’s hope I’m wrong.
In the meantime, I hope to take full advantage of the autumn weather we are feeling right now. Now is the perfect time for things like yard work, afternoon walks and taking my son to the park - he has to wear his stocking hat with moose antlers and it is the greatest thing I can imagine.
So while summer was fleeting in several ways, we should all stop and appreciate the season we are now rolling into and hope with all our collective might that it isn’t nearly as fleeting as the last one.