For us summer people, this is still our time — at least for a few more weeks


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By Reggie Ponder

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Surely some of you are sad because summer has ended.

Once Labor Day has come and gone, many folks consider summer over and done with. And that leads to sadness for some.

For others, if they are more inclined toward football or hunting than sun and surf, it might be less of a lament and more of a celebration.

I’m in a third (perhaps smaller) group that celebrates summer but doesn’t weep on Labor Day. That’s because not only is summer not really over, the best of summer is these first three weeks or so of September.

Now, I know kids are back in school. So if you’re a student and you’re missing free time you had over the summer, well OK.

The good news is you’re in school and hopefully you’re learning a lot that you will find useful the rest of your life.

What bad news there is, really isn’t bad at all because if just means you’re settling into more of a routine — or a different routine — and routines help us be effective.

For you post-school-age folks who are missing summer, take heart! Summer is still here!

Summer actually doesn’t end until Sept. 22. I didn’t know that, by the way. I just finished looking it up.

I did know the end of summer was sometime later in September, though. For some reason I thought it was Sept. 27, but technically it will already be fall by then.

I say “technically,” because who are we kidding? 

We will start to see fall decorations, though, and of course high school football has started.

So if you’re a fall person, this can be your time.

And for those of us who are summer people, this is still our time at least for a couple more weeks.

I think this is one of the best times of the year for swimming in the river or the ocean. 

I even find the ocean welcoming well into October, even though the air often starts to get cooler by then.

The water stays warm through much of October, and I have enjoyed many relaxing ocean swims during the first two weeks of October and a few invigorating swims as late as Halloween.

One of the signs of the lingering summer was the crowd at Mariners’ Wharf Park Tuesday evening for Music on the Green. 

We moved to the Elizabeth City area from Henderson in the central part of the state in mid-September 2008, and every year since then I have not only enjoyed the extended summer here but have also celebrated a happy work anniversary,

For eight of these 10 years I have been writing this column, and I thank you for reading it.

And don’t worry, fall really is coming.

Reggie Ponder is a staff writer for The Daily Advance.