Bethany Beach, Delaware

On this last day of summer vacation my mind and heart are all over the place. A range of emotions, but settling on bittersweet to best sum up how I feel.

Sad to see our summer go. Our adventures, our quiet mornings, our late nights. We held onto our summer days with a firm grip, not wanting to let go but knowing that all too soon we’d have to say goodbye. Goodbye to our time in Italy, fortunate to call it home for as long as we did. Goodbye to all the memories we made in that beautiful country and so grateful for all the traditions, new paths taken and future plans for more good times to add to our list. Farewell to the month after we returned and all the family, friends and special moments we shared.  August was a month of play-as-you-go and what fun we had. Pool days, mini-road trips, ice cream shop visits and barbecues. And sunsets, always sunsets.

We took a deep breath of that hot August air and now we’re ready to exhale. We can acknowledge that we did all we could this summer, we didn’t want to let go but it’s time.

We’re happy for new days ahead. New school year, new challenges and a new routine. We will learn something new, maybe make a new friend and hopefully work on our strengths too. We can embrace all that is to come because we can and because we must. We will breathe in fall, fall will fill our lungs and we won’t want to blow that long breath out. But we will, when it’s time. And it’s not time yet.