It’s dark now at 8:30, have you noticed?
This is the point in summer where you tend to realize with some wistfulness that you didn’t do half the stuff that you set out to do. “But we only went to the beach once” or “Whatever happened to that picnic we were going to take in Central park?” And suddenly, the last week before a trip is a flustered rush of getting everything wrapped up and our retailers stocked up.
I’m trying to avoid saying “I’m busy” all the time because it’s almost become this meaningless catchphrase that’s easy to just toss around. I’ve noticed the girls saying this all the time too, particularly when they get asked to clean up their room. “I’m busy!”, they’ll yell out, trying to buy a bit more time. But yeah…this summer has been a lot busier than I first anticipated. New clients, quick deadlines, the usual childcare juggling, and trying to carefully maneuver our upcoming trip with project schedules. When we get back, I’m right back into it with a business trip the following week, but I’m trying not to think about that right now.
Our online shops are now closed until September 5th and Mark is spending the day today driving all over the city delivering to our retailers so they’re stocked up while we’re gone. Suddenly, summer feels like it’s fading and the cooler weather we’ve had all month has been a reminder of this imminent seasonal transition as we pull on cardigans in the evenings and close the windows a little more before we sleep. The girls aren’t in school for 3 more weeks, but we know some kids start school very soon so we’re seeing a lot of back to school promotions everywhere. We even saw the craft store a few weeks back at the beginning of August all decked out in Halloween! In August!
I know some of us can’t wait for Fall, but I hope you savor the last few remaining weeks of summer. It really does go by so fast.