The End of August Leaves Me With a Bittersweet Feeling

August 31st. Did all those months just pass by that quickly? I remember July was just starting. It’s been two months already! Of course, we still have another month of hot weather, then October will be more comfortable, but still warm. Just one and a half months until my sister is here, too. But you know, the end of August and the end of summer approaching leaves me with a bittersweet feeling.

The days are getting shorter, sunset is earlier, festival and fireworks season is winding up, and the whole summer culture is going away for another year. Winter is coming, which means cold days and nights, having trouble keeping warm inside at home, and a walk outside means cold hands. This is also my last summer in Japan, though I’m sure we’ll come back frequently, most likely in summer.

On the other hand, there will be less sweating, the return of some really good food, bed becoming a very welcoming place, and my sister will be here soon. And who can forget the hockey season? Looking forward to this season for the Edmonton Oilers.

In the future, if I become successful at writing, I may be able to take long holidays in summer, and we can pack up and stay in Japan for a month or so while our daughter is on summer vacation. That would be nice. Nice, but not very likely. But you never know. We’ll at least take a couple weeks, though.

Summer always seems to be my favourite time, even with the heat and humidity. So it’s sad to see it go. But at least we still have about two months of summery weather left, at least by Canadian standards.

How do you feel as summer ends?

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10 thoughts on “The End of August Leaves Me With a Bittersweet Feeling”

  1. The past couple of years as summer has ended my reaction has been pretty much, “WHAT THE HELL IT JUST STARTED”. I’ve been unlucky enough to be working out west during each of the last three summers, which, while it’s good that I’m employed, is pretty depressing. I’ve been swimming, like, three times. I’ve barbecued maybe four times. I’ve only taken my daughter to the park three times and I haven’t even SEEN the splashpad in action. ;_;

    1. We had big plans for swimming pools and splash parks this summer, and we didn’t get to go once! The splash parks were great last summer. But we just didn’t seem to get around to it. Thankfully, there are several in Edmonton 🙂

  2. It is weird to think August is almost over. My husband and I were just talking about the days getting shorter yesterday. I am in love with the summer, heat, humidity and all. Me and winter don’t get along well, especially in places where it actually gets cold. Burrrr.

    1. I don’t like winter, either. My wife, on the other hand, doesn’t like summer. She’d rather see the heat end. My cousin also hates summer, but loves the cold of winter. She’d prefer it to be winter all year.

  3. The end of summer is, like you said, bittersweet. I love being outside and summer makes that easy. But when people ask which season is my favorite I tell them the change in seasons is what I like best. I’m now tired of being hot and am ready for fall and all things pumpkin flavored and the cool weather.

  4. I am not really a fan of summer weather, so I look forward to fall more than miss summer. The only caveat to that was that for years I faced the crush of getting children ready for school, which was sad, exciting, and stressful all at once. This is most likely our last back-to-school August/September with both daughters entering their final year for their master’s degrees, although it is a very different experience with adult children who no longer live in our home.

        1. Yes. I’m looking forward to her going to school, though it means she’s getting older. But also, it means she’ll be speaking English well, so I can have more meaningful conversations with her.

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