By: Tom Fletcher, CFP®
It’s hard to believe the calendar tells me it’s late August and the unofficial summer season is drawing to a close. I’m certain it was an enjoyable summer because as they say, time flies when you’re having fun, and this one seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. Most do unfortunately and I’ve been repeating the same first sentence of this paragraph every August since I was child, which was a long, long time ago. It was generally a great summer here in New England weather-wise despite a late and cool spring which, will almost always improve the probability of a positive outcome.
This time of year you can start to sense the slight change in season as days shorten, the breeze picks up, rowers populate the Charles River, nights get a little cooler and crisper, birds begin to flock as one and, at least in my neck of the woods, leaves begin to change color and occasionally release from the branches binding them together. As fall is my favorite time of year, I savor these changes and ignore the peril of the season that will follow, that dreaded w word. It also brings the promise of a better night’s sleep, activities such as apple picking, pumpkin collecting and conveniently forgotten school routines.
I never published a summer bucket list this year, but I think our family generally accomplished much of what we sought. We traveled a bit both locally and otherwise. And as in previous summers, we spent a fair amount of time on the Cape visiting friends and also vacationing (although you can never spend too much time on the Cape in my opinion). We went to a handful of Fenway baseball games, which is just about optimal. The Boston July 4th fireworks were again a blast, despite having a different sponsor. My son attended camp for three weeks; the longest he’d ever been away from home and yet the briefest three weeks I can ever recall. Please don’t read anything into that! I’ve been logging more miles on my bicycle, though purposefully not as much as years past to avoid burnout. Since food is always more delicious outside than in, we’ve had more meals outdoors than any other summer than I remember (and I’ve got the bug bites to prove it).
Enjoy the last fleeting days of your summer, but don’t lament it’s passing, because more good things are just around the corner.