summer send-off

We said good-bye to summer today.  And we did it with perfect weather: 80 and sunny.  The lake was a buzz with people taking their final runs on skis, wake-boards, and tubes.  Others were pulling out the docks and boat lifts.  I’m always surprised at how many people see Labor Day as something of an end.  I guess because where I’m from it’ll be hot until January, Labor Day has always been just a nice long weekend right after school started.  But here in Michigan, it is the impetus of the changing seasons.  Although we will still have sunny, warm days, something is different.  Folks are preparing for their impending hibernation and subsequent absence from unscheduled community activity.  Maybe that’s why Labor Day is special; it is the last time for neighborhood bar-b-q’s, impromptu card games, bonfires in swimsuits, lounging on the boat, and staying out past dark.  It is, in essence, the last hurrah.

sunset on Lake Michigan

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