That’s why tonight I am in mourning. All I can think of is the lyrics of one of my favorite Jimmy Buffet songs, The Coast is Clear. He tells the story of another summer gone by:
They’re closin’ down the hangout.
The air is turnin’ cool.
They’re shuttin’ off the superslide,
The kids are back in school.
Today Hugh Michael, Haley, my wife and I closed summer down and squeezed out every last morsel of fun. We were the last ones out of the water; and the last ones to order from the snack bar. We saw the umbrellas being put away for another season. And we watched as the sun set over the pool deck.
The kids seemed to know summer was ending too. They were eerily calm. They ate their dinner slowly, knowing school awaited them in less than 24 hours.
As I watched, I thought of our fun together. The excitement of watching fish swim by in the warm waters of the Florida Keys. Enjoying 4th of July fireworks with friends (my wife’s favorite holiday). The shouts of delight on the playground and going down the “big kids” slide. Long bike rides around the neighborhoods. Making new friends in our new hometown. And, of course, fast rides on the boat.
Tomorrow, Hugh Michael and Haley will trade in their crocs and flip flops for real shoes and their bathing suits for school clothes. And I’ll be counting down the days to Memorial Day, when another summer begins!