The bad news was that summer was ending.
The days would no longer be spent at the beach with friends and family, riding the waves at Rockaway and Riis Park.
Working on my Bain de Soleil tan at Brighton and Manhattan Beach (for years I thought I had dark skin until I stopped tanning.)
Endless days to read, play and - whatever the heck we wanted.
Seeing school chums again. Making new friends.
Buying school supplies - I still have a thing for office supplies, pens, pencils, reams of snow-white paper waiting to be filled.
The September issue of Seventeen magazine - fantasizing about perfect outfits with matching knee socks (that ceased to matter in junior high school when we were allowed to wear jeans but I really cared about it in grade school.) Look at this, young girls still want to have Shiny Hair and Look Pretty! thirty years later. And longer probably if I'd found any from my day.
Bye bye Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and the other summer staples. Hello, the new fall tv shows (I think they start whenever they want these days.)
These days, I'm going to miss fresh fruit, watermelon salad, my garden and kayaking whenever I feel like it.
I'm looking forward to Hank and Roberta's new books, my annual September visit to Cape Cod, the Brooklyn Book Festival - where I'll be interviewing Mary Higgins Clark - Bouchercon and the new season of The Walking Dead!
What about you? What are you going to miss most as summer ends and what are you looking forward to this fall?
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