I don’t usually make big plans for the summer. The groove at work is relaxed, there are lots of local festivals on the weekends, there’s plenty of gardening and yard work to do, and I can always find time for an evening walk and an ice cream cone!
However, I am constantly deluged with questions about what I’m doing for the summer, when I have vacation booked, where I’m travelling and what I did on the weekend.
The real answer? “I mowed the lawn and drank lime cordial and read a book!”
At least that’s better than when I had a school aged child. My answer then was “I’m working and my kid is going to day camp!”
The number one reason is that where I live, Fall is by far the most wonderful season, the perfect time for day trips and outdoorsiness. It’s sunny, the air is crisp, the leaves are gorgeous and the harvest is in.
Summer, meanwhile, is short and variable – from June 28 (when school gets out for the summer) to September 22 (when Fall officially starts), we have some hot sun, many rainy and humid weeks, a fair share of fog, and lots of events cancelled due to weather.
It has never made much sense to me to travel during the summer, unless to a family reunion. Why leave the short sunny season here to go somewhere even hotter? (Which is everywhere in the world except for Nunavut, NWT and Yukon!)
You might think I’d like a sun vacation in the winter, but of course, they can be plagued by flight cancellations due to snow. My favourite months to travel are April and May, because snow delays are finally over and the weather is better anywhere but here!
Last week I worked from Monday to Friday in air conditioned comfort, made a crockpot meal to last for a few nights, watched a DVD in the cool lower-level rec room, did some weeding, ate lots of ice cream and read books! Yesterday Rom and I went downtown to the waterfront to see our lovely city from the tourist point of view, and tomorrow (weather permitting…) there’s a parade for the city’s birthday.
Now there is one thing I “should” be doing more of, and that’s having summer evening meals at any of the hundreds of local restaurants with patios and umbrellas and frosty drinks!
Am I the only one who feels peer pressure to have a certain kind of summer?