One Of The Hardest Things About Spending the Summer At The Beach…

Is deciding when to come home! (I know, I know…life is rough!)

While I absolutely love the time after Labor Day at the beach (no tourists!), I also start feeling the pull to head home. Usually I let the weather be our guide…if it is still warm and August-like weather, we will stay and eek out some more time at the beach. If things start cooling down, then it is more likely that I will feel the pull of home.

My favorite time of year is fall…the weather gets cooler, football season starts (Go Hokies!)…I start feeling a need to change things up. One of the nice things about “going home” is that we get to start from scratch. New things to do, new rhythms to develop…we get to rediscover old friends and activities and places that seem new again because we have been away almost 3 months.

Maybe it is the years of being on a school schedule, but then I have always been someone who wants to shake things up periodically…I used to enjoy rearranging my bedroom for a change of pace and always loved when we would switch between “summer” clothes and “winter” clothes. I woud hate to live in a part of the country without seasons.

There will be a lot of things that I will miss from here. But there are things that I have been missing at home as well. Plus we will be back! We always come down in October for the boys’ friend Jack’s birthday and try to come down other times during the off season as well.

Still no decision when…but I think that probably within the next week or so. I think there are a few things that we still want to do (like eating at Shenanigans and maybe a kayak trip or two.) There are also things that I meant to do this summer that won’t get done (like picking new curtains and figuring out what pictures I want to frame and hang. But I can do those at home as well. The nice thing is that we can play it by ear and leave whenever we want. Of course that also means that we need to start packing and closing up the place…ahhh…decisions…decisions….

About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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2 Responses to One Of The Hardest Things About Spending the Summer At The Beach…

  1. JoVE says:

    You have seasons? :-)

    3 months away every year must be kind of odd. Tigger is already a bit worried about our trip. but then we’ll be on the move and she won’t have friends and a home and whatnot.

    But that freedom to go anytime can be unsettling. Sometimes it is good to have some external reason to do something. Have a great last few weeks.

  2. Kris says:

    I completely understand! We came to this island intending to stay for a year; we are now going into our third year, and we’ve had numerous discussions about when to head back home (maybe March?), who feels “done” (that changes frequently), and what we will miss (the ocean, music, aloha). I wish it were a closer beach like yours, so we *could visit like you do, off-season, to quell the homesick pangs I know we’ll have. It’s wonderful that you CAN play it by ear and do what works best for your family. Enjoy the last bits.