Day 116 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, has me wondering why we are rushing through the season. When I was a child, school started after Labor Day and only opened when the pool closed. Then I became a teacher and things sped up a little. School started midway through the week before. Now that was fun. Not! The children were still in full-on summer mode, and just when we teachers were able to establish some semblance of school year order over the three days we were in session, the students had a three day weekend and we were back to square one. Fast forward, literally, and our school district started August 15th! Why the hurry?
It’s the same with the holidays. In yesterday’s post I shared about turning my tragic cubby under the stairs into beautiful, comfortable, functional She Storage space (Thank you to the great response to the post!). While out shopping for the few items I added, I noticed some garish Halloween decor on display. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to the dressing up or trick-or-treating, but when did scaring the living daylights out of children with truly frightening items that look demonic become fun? Nevertheless, I was more appalled by the how the retailers have followed the schools’ cue and moved into Halloween before we even get to Labor Day. Not only that, the Thanksgiving decor is fighting for space on the shelves to the degree I felt as if I’d entered some weird time warp where the holidays collide. Christmas decor will be out by Halloween at this rate!
Somewhat disheartened and a little disappointed with my beloved TJMaxx for rushing me through the season (I want to score great deals on holiday decor but don’t appreciate having to think about it this early), I went home and savored summer. That meant putting out my Simply Shabby Chic pillows and rolling out the pretty pink dhurrie rug (Indian flat-woven rug) I’m using in lieu of the plastic floor mats my hubby said were ruining the wood because air couldn’t move beneath them. Happy oops for me since it meant I got to move those to the bedroom deck and found this beauty. Reading and enjoying a cup of coffee in in this outdoor living space beats the living room any day.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Chick who was born in the summer of ’69, I love this time of year. God did so good on summer! I don’t want to miss it because of school district decisions or retail marketing strategies. Soon enough, fall, and then winter will be upon us. I hope this Labor Day weekend, with opportunities for biking, barbecues, horseback riding, picnics, sports, swimming, walks, and so many other activities, that you’ll get outside. And that you’ll do it after Labor Day. Even if it means leaving the office a little early, or – wait for it – on time…It’s summer now, and will be for the next three weeks. Let’s be intentional, slow down and savor it.
How do you plan to savor summer?
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach