I can hardly believe that Summer and the long weekend are officially over! Tomorrow, everyone will go back into a regular routine and kids will be starting school again. The last days of summer always give me a particular nostalgia kind of feeling and I always find myself going back and remembering some of those moments.
This picture was from over 10 years ago - it was the last day of summer, and the next day we were all starting high school for the first time. It felt so long ago! But I remember so much of it...it was that significant "coming of age" summer (think of the movie Now and Then, with lots of bike-riding and eating junk food on your friend's porch). There was so much excitement leading up to our freshmen days, and as much as we were looking forward to the next chapter in our lives, we also didn't want summer to end. There were days at Canada's Wonderland, 7/11 runs for slushies, watching Lord of the Rings (the first movie had just come out!) and eating M&Ms at the movies.
After hanging out all day, we'd all go back to our homes, log into MSN, and chat some more while swapping pop-punk songs (but thinking, it was totally punk-rock!)
I also made sure to watch the OC's season 2 premiere episode this afternoon. It always reminded me of the Labour Day long weekend and those beautiful evenings of scattering sunrays through the trees while working a grill.
(I still can't get enough of this show! Who here was also a fan?)
My sister also reminded me of this Arthur episode we used to love, The Short, Quick Summer, which sums up the last days of summer pretty well (we love the original Arthur!)
One year, some friends and I also organized a big Labour Day picnic in the park that was a ton of fun but, sadly I can't seem to find one photo. There was plenty of food, we played some games and visited one of our older neighbours (who had no problem giving us some white wine!) I remember it being a classic end to summer and couldn't believe I'd be in class again the next morning.
Wishing everyone smooth sailing for their Tuesdays tomorrow!
What are your memories of the end of summer?