It’s goodbye summer (again)

Things have been HECTIC in my house the last couple weeks. We are in full “get ready for back-to-school” mode, and I’m hating it. I thought it would be an appropriate time to republish my goodbye ode to summer post from last year, originally published August 21, 2014.


My kids are back to school in a mere number of days and… I’m not ready!  Over the years, when I’ve been asked to answer one of those get-to-know-you surveys, I never really had a particular favored season (the old “What is your favorite time of year?” question).  I always figured it should be Christmas, because of the meaning of the season and time spent with family, but after my children started school, and I’m talking after they got past the cute kindergarten and 1st grade years, with like maybe five minutes of homework tops, I have realized my favorite time of year is definitely summer.

Ah summer, the carefree days of summer.  Light traffic, longer days, bike rides, swimming, watermelon, yummy berries, microwaved hot-dogs (who wants to stand near that hot grill??), no homework<–this one is huge.  Kids can stay up later, we have many no-stress days.  And every year since summertime has become my ultimate favorite, it goes by so fast.  One minute I’m packing for a family trip, only to shop for back-to-school the next.

So a goodbye ode to summer is in order —

Goodbye, summer
You’ve been great
You allow the boys to stay up real late

Goodbye, summer
Our time went so fast
The memories made are now memories past

Goodbye, summer
Hot and humid though you may be
You’re a true blessing to my family and me

Goodbye, summer
Same time next year?
We look forward to it with much cheer

A poet, I am not (buy hey, at least it rhymes!).

Happy back to school, dear friends! Have a blessed school year!

–kd

18 thoughts on “It’s goodbye summer (again)”

  1. I am with you. I love summer. I miss the schedule of the school season, but that is about it.
    If I may be so presumptuous as to add a verse…

    Goodby summer
    You have been swell
    That asshole winter can just go to Hell

    Sorry grandma… hope you don’t read the comments.

  2. Well I wanted to help add some more verses to your poem but all I could come up with were phrases like, “lovely green grass” and “winter can kiss my ass”. It doesn’t really match the tone of your poem. Perhaps Kristine and I should make up an R-rated version though you probably wouldn’t want it on your website.

    Our summer ended on the 12th. 🙁
    It’s been hard getting back into the school routine. Enjoy your last precious hours of summer freedom while you can!

    1. It’s more like sun scorched grass here. Come Sunday night I’ll be a wreck for sure. I’ll for sure be hanging on to our last summertime evening.

  3. Hate, hate, HATE summer. I am counting the minutes until it cools off and the leaves start turning brown and my son goes back to school. (17,280 until that last thing happens).

    1. It’s interesting the extreme flip sides of the coin. I can even tolerate the ridiculous heat of summer, I prefer it that much over the school year. 🙂

  4. This morning I stepped outside and it was about 65 degrees F (about 18 C). That’s late September or even October weather! Summer really is going too fast.
    Thank you for seeing it out with a poem. Spring and Fall seem to get all the poetic glory. It’s about time summer got some Parnassian respect.

    1. It was about 75 degrees here yesterday and I was downright chilly I tell you! We had some thunderstorms come through with some much needed rain. I wonder if y’all saw the same storm system.
      My poem feels so fancy now. When I “wrote” it last year, I found it funny that Gerald and my sister thought it was a great little ditty. Really. I think Kristine and Gina spruced it up nicely though.

  5. I just returned from an evening walk, and I was thinking, “Look how dark it’s getting already. Summer is passing too quickly.” This summer was more bittersweet for me than usual, because my oldest left for college last week. He’s less than an hour away, so that’s good, but it’s still a transition.

    Thanks for visiting my site. Much appreciated!

    1. And thanks for dropping by COL. 🙂 We have one starting junior high and one starting high school. And THIS mom is NOT ready!

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