What did you do on your summer vacation?
I didn’t have one.
One sentence. That’s what would be written on my ruled notebook paper if my assignment was to write a back-to-school essay about my summer vacation.
It’s back to school week in my neck of the woods. Big yellow buses lumber past my house and one noisily downshifts to a stop nearby for some elementary students.
Everywhere you look, back-to-school supplies monopolize the ads, TV commercials, and stores. I can honestly say back-to-school shopping is something my checkbook doesn’t miss here in the empty nest, even though I am an aficionado of school supplies and would readily open the checkbook up for some nifty office products.
Yes, it’s back to school season. Recently, I was near a college campus and as I walked down the street, the familiar cadence of drums echoed through the air followed by that unmistakeable sound of band music. It’s time to practice for football season.
Yes, there’s a change in the air.
You can hear it. You can feel it. You can even smell it. Autumn is on its way. Hooray!
So what DID I do with my summer? It just seemed to pass by…one day after another…in a hazy, dazed kind of way. Summer plans to accomplish a list of to-dos flew right out the opened screened window.
American author Sam Keen wrote, “Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” If that’s the case, I have been the poster child for respectability.
No accomplished plans. No summer vacation. Just a bunch of languid, dull days strung together like well-worn, shabby towels sagging on the clothes line. That’s what this summer seemed like to me.
Mulling this over while I so anxiously wait to usher in my favorite season with a warm welcome, I had to ask myself, “Was there anything note-worthy about this summer?”
What could I write about in my first day back to school essay?
I turned, as I often do, to photographs for inspiration. And I found there were several days that proved worthy of commemorating and depositing into the summer memory bank before I kick this sluggish summer season to the back corner so flashy fall can captivate me.
So my back-to-school essay is a photo collage with each photo representing an event or happening that made me grateful, even if it was summer and I didn’t get a vacation.