What Happened to Summer?

About this time in August, I begin to wonder about what happened to summer. It was here just a week ago. Where did it go? And with some school districts opting to launch back-to-school before September, summer, as we’ve known it, has been lopped off at its knees.

It’s taken me some time to warm up to summer. Sitting on chairs, or lying on towels, in the baking heat, under a blazing sun, isn’t exactly my idea of a good time. I’m a fall and winter gal. Even my daughters were fall and winter babies. However, with the advent of grandchildren, and the realization that there is now no season untouched by a Heimster birthday or event, I have discovered joys I never expected during this season of watermelon, lemonade, and blue popsicles.

I have discovered the beauty of summer in the fall of my life and it.is.delicious.

Yet, beyond summer, I have always had a deep love for the sea. When I was in the summer of my youth, it didn’t matter if I was sitting near a plastic pool in the backyard of my childhood home in Detroit, or wading in the water off the shores of Lake Huron,  my mind was filled with the mysteries of the deep beneath:

Who would be
A mermaid fair,
Singing along,
Combing her hair
Under the sea.
In a golden curl
With a comb of pearl,
On a throne?

I would be a mermaid fair;
I would sing to myself the whole of day;
With a comb of pearl I would comb my hair;
And still as I combed I would sing and say,
“Who is it loves me? Who loves not me?”

…the bold merry mermen under the sea;
They would sue me, and woo me, and flatter me,
In the purple twilights under the sea;
But the king of them all would carry me,
Woo me, and win me, and marry me,
In the branching jasper under the sea;

Then all the dry pied things that be
In the hueless mosses under the sea
Would curl round my silver feet silently,
All looking up for the love of me.

~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson, THE MERMAID

My body may not be as svelte and my hair may not be as golden, but I love the sea no less than I did then. There is magic in summer days spent with those we love and I am a pirate seeking all the treasures the sea provides.

So as summer slowly ebbs away to make room for autumn, my “ear too fondly listens / For summer’s parting sighs, / And the heart,” my heart, “replies.” {A. E. Houseman, WHEN SUMMER’S END IS NIGHING}


  1. I love the sea too! I think it holds untold treasures and it speaks to my soul. The best thing about summer for me is our family vacation to the beach. I, too, am a fall/winter girl. I don’t have kids yet but I still love watermelon, lemonade and blue Popsicles! I will be back to visit you soon! And…fall is right around the corner. 🙂

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