This is a strange time of year, the "Ides of August," so to speak. I've been feeling...well, strange. I chalked it up to being tired, but maybe there is something else going on?
There is so much anticipation to the summer: wanting to enjoy "sun and fun," the excitement of school being out and schedules being less, well, scheduled, trying new activities, etc. But then again, there is the lack of scheduling that causes other problems (like too-late bedtimes), and the lack of our regular routines that give us our day-to-day connections with friends.
For example, our shul doesn't have kids services in the summer, and there is no way I'm going to bring J to temple for a 2 hour bore-fest (from his perspective). So we (and many others) tend not to go in the summer, which is a shame, because during the year, attending Shabbat services is a mainstay in our weekend plans. It kind of gives us an anchor. And we know that we will all see friends there.
I thought I was the only one who felt this way (of course), but then a friend mentioned that she was feeling disconnected from her usual activities and friends, and another friend mentioned that she was feeling kind of down, and then I realized...it's not just me!
So I guess as much as I'm sad about summer ending, I'm looking forward to getting back to some of our routines, and seeing some of our friends again.