Friday, August 14, 2015

Where Did Summer Go?

by Dwight Sonntag
Cake Artist at Zydeco Cakes
in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series
by Jacklyn Brady


I saw a sign today as I drove past a local school announcing that school is starting in just three days. In the middle of August! I'm scratching my head trying to figure out what gives.

When I was a boy, school started after Labor Day. Everybody knew that the holiday weekend was the last blast of summer vacation. We planned for it. We watched the calendar with dread as the days of August flashed by in a flurry of bike riding, hunting, fishing, games of kick the can and whatever else we could make up on the fly. It was general kid-type fun -- the kind every kid deserves.

The kids in my neighborhood ran around in a pack, everybody together doing whatever we decided to do as a group. We left home after breakfast, stopped in for lunch, and then played outside the rest of the day until it was almost dark. Summers were long and hot and broken only by family vacations that took us one or two at a time away from our friends.

I know things aren't the same as they were. Moms go to work as often as dads now, and kids are either left home on their own or in some kind of day care so I guess that changes things. And the world isn't as safe as it used to be. I know that too.

But it's a dirty rotten shame that the changing world is doing away with summer for kids. Summer was great. It gave us a chance to run and play and be with our friends and get into trouble ... scratch that ... to explore and investigate and experiment.

If you ask me, mid-August is wa-a-ay too soon for all that fun to be over. It's too hot for kids to be packed into a school bus and shipped off to school. Who can concentrate when the heat index is still topping 100 degrees every day? I never could, I can tell you that. I don't have any kids of my own, but I'm pretty sure if I did, they'd be a hot mess until the weather cooled down a bit.

You may not agree with me, and that's okay. Like I said, I don't actually have a dog in this fight, so I guess I don't get a say. It makes me sad, that's all. I think we're losing something really wonderful.

Jacklyn Brady lives on the Gulf Coast and writes the Piece of Cake Mystery series which is set in New Orleans and features cake artist and trained pastry chef, Rita Lucero.

Rebel Without a Cake, book #5 in the Piece of Cake Mystery Series, is available at your favorite bookseller now! Book #6, The Cakes of Monte Cristo, (cover coming soon!) is scheduled for release Jan 5, 2016, and available now for pre-order.

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  1. The public schools have already started this week but the temperature is cooler this week (which is very nice). I think next week the temperature goes back to normal (hot).

    1. School has already started? Ugh! Hope it doesn't get too hot next week for the kids in your area. Around here, we're still in the mid-90s and with the humidity it feels like 110 or so. Not good at all.

  2. I played with other kids like you did when I was little, but in my teen years, I spent a lot of my summers at the sewing machine. Now, with my shop, I get to spend all year at sewing machines...

    1. Sounds like me with cakes, Willow. No more kick the can for me. I spend all my time in the kitchen these days.

  3. I totally agree with you! I know some schools started already this past Monday. And some of those schools don't get out until the middle of June. I liked my time in the summers when my kids were home, at least most of the time. The teachers had them way too much of the year...

    1. I've heard my author say the same thing about the time with her kids, Elaine. I can't help wondering how families even fit in a vacation with this new scheduling, or if they do at all. One Facebook friend said that schools in her area didn't get out of school until the END of June. Mind blown!