Differing Views of Summer
By: John P. Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST, RLP®
This time of year, you hear some people feeling somewhat down proclaiming that the end is near. The end of summer that is. Well cheer up – because last week we merely hit the mid-point. The official mid-point of summer is August 5/6. But for each of us, a lot of factors go into your view of summer.
For those with small children, summer clearly ends when the school bells ring and each weekday is filled with a rigorous schedule. Even though the boat may still be in the water and the beach on weekends is just as nice as it is during the week, with school comes weekend activities like youth sports. After a few weeks of trying to hang on to your summer favorites, they fade away into the past while the trees turn colors.
For us empty nesters, the second half of summer is as good, or better than the first half. Thanks to school and other time tested habits, after Labor Day things really die down in the areas where I like to spend summer. Namely near the ocean and a golf course. At least here in the North east, the ocean is it’s warmest in September and the crowds virtually disappear. For those into fishing, the Striped Bass population really swells at the end of the summer as they begin to migrate south.
On the other hand, if you’re a snow bird who now permanently camps out in warm places, you may see the middle of summer as the light at the end of the tunnel. The end of the tunnel for some is a weather pattern more conducive to beach and golf or the end of the peaceful time before all the snowbirds are back in their winter nests. Some tell me that summer is Florida’s best kept secret.
So as far as I’m concerned, the glass is half full. Another Lobster Roll or two, many more days at the beach and a few boat rides on the watercrafts of our great friends and clients. In fact, as a sneak preview for you, we are going to be adding some restaurant tips and mini reviews to this weekly commentary. Next week we will publish your thoughts on New England’s best Lobster Roll.