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Aug 23

Summer’s End

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 4:33 PM by Melinda Mayo

As the child of two educators, and through my service as an adjunct professor, the end of August or beginning of September has always signaled a change in routine for me—much, I assume, as with the parent of any school-aged child.  Gone are the long, carefree days of summer and, in their place, early mornings and homework begin.  Of course, these past two summers have been anything but carefree. We unfortunately find ourselves embarking upon yet another school year beneath the cloud of COVID, and facing the potential of intermittent closures and dreaded virtual learning.

Nearly Over, But Not Quite Yet

Summer is not quite over. We still have a festival or two ahead of us, the pools remain open, and temperatures are still forecasted to be in the 90’s all week.  But the calendar does tell us the cooler days of autumn lie not far in the distance. This week, the Taubman Sidewalk Art Sale was welcomed back and the annual Festival of India took place downtown.  Concerts are still going strong at Elmwood Park and Dr. Pepper Park.  Welcoming Week is nearing, as is the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Yet, football is just around the corner, as is the area’s largest fall event, GoFest, which is happening downtown this year.  

School is in Session

Hopefully, school is a smoother undertaking this year than last, something that would be greatly helped if our rates of vaccination were to increase.  As we close the books on one more COVID-impacted summer, let’s pray the remainder of 2021 is safe and that we are able to enjoy autumn and joyfully prepare for the winter holidays.

Enjoy summer activities while you can.  There is still time to hear an outdoor concert or go to a festival.  Take advantage of these sunny, warm days to enjoy the mountains, lakes and streams, trails, parks and playgrounds, and fresh air.  Before you know it, we will be awaiting the turning of the colors in the surrounding forests!

-- Bob Cowell

 

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