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A fifth season?

Every now and then I am harshly aware that I am ‘not from here’. Labor day is one of those occasions. In Britain we observe Labour Day on May 1, so it has absolutely nothing to do with the last Summer BBQ, getting ready for school or a quick last summer getaway.

It is very interesting to me, that this day, which is actually supposed to signify a stand for the 8 hour cycle – 8 hours of labor, 8 hours of recreation and 8 hours of rest, signifies something very different in the U.S . All week I have been reading the line ‘now summer is over’… which makes me wonder about the 15 days between 7th September and the 22nd September which is actually the first day of Autumn (because again I am not from here…). Do we actually have a stealth fifth season in the U.S? A pre-fall ? Or a post-Summer? It may just be me but it feels that this year folks are in an extra hurry to say goodbye to Summer.

It also makes me curious. If this weekend does signify a seasonal, or pace of life change for you, what will you remember about Summer 2009? What were your achievements? What were some of the not so great things that happened and the associated learning? Who did you hang out with, who did you play with, what new places did you explore and who did you fall in love with, for the first time, or all over again?

If Summer is almost over, then at least pause for a moment and take one last huge gulp of it and notice what it meant for you. Resist the temptation to rush into fall; the pumpkins can wait. Instead just stop right here for a little while, take a deep breath and notice what you are consciously leaving behind in Summer ’09 and what you will be choosing to take forward with you through that gateway of transitioning seasons.

On September 22nd, I will welcome the new season with open arms, but today I embrace what is here.

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