Monday, September 5, 2011

An open letter to the summer of 2011

Dear Summer 2011,

I'd been planning to write a follow-up entry to my list of summer goals pretty much since I wrote it.  I figured Labor Day would be the perfect time for it since, for me and many others, it is pretty much the end of the season.  I know we've still got a few weeks left if you're going strictly by the calendar, but let's face it - you're over.

That being said, I'm having a pretty difficult time keeping an open mind about you.  Sure, you were pretty wonderful for the most part.  I did a lot of fun things and made a lot of great memories.  But this last week of you has been pretty rough.  Super rough.  Like, the worst week of my entire life rough.  So forgive me if I'm feeling a little harsh and resentful.  I'm going to, in the future, probably remember you as "the summer Kylie was in the hospital".  It's nothing personal, it's not your fault.  It's just the way the calendar fell and I'm sorry about it.

So instead of reminiscing and recalling all the good times we had together, Summer, let's just take a look at my original list and see how many goals I accomplished.

Celtic Fling
Apple Dumpling Festival
Art of the Avenue
Community Days
Celtic Oyster Fest
go to the beach
pick fruit at an orchard
go to a theme park
go swimming
host a picnic
go to yard sales/flea markets/antique shops
go on a photo adventure

Okay, so, it looks like I completed 6/12 of my goals.  50%.  Not too bad, I guess.  And to be fair, there was mention of going to a theme park and picking fruit in September or October, so maybe I'll just start of things to do this autumn.  In that case, we're at 6/10, a 60% completion rate.  I'll take it.

So really, you were a good summer.  I'm sorry to see you go, especially on such bad terms.  But we'll hang out again next year, and we'll aim for 70% completion.  It'll be great.  So have fun doing whatever summers do during their down time, and I'll see you in three seasons.

Yours truly,

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