Last of the Season

The boat sat quietly in the morning air, tied to its dock, waiting for it’s final crossing of the lake for the summer season. 


The sun hadn’t quite appeared in the sky yet the clouds reflected gently upon the still waters.  The scene was somber given the fact that it would be the last time this year I would look out my window to peer upon the aqua blue boat.  It was only 24 hours ago that I enjoyed the last ride of the season… 


Good morning friend. Want to join us for an early morning breakfast cruise on board our boat? It will be the last trip of the season as we are getting the boat picked up tomorrow.

I read the text from my dear friends and neighbors that came beeping through my cell phone yesterday morning prior to eating my breakfast. The sun was already shining warm and bright, a September bonus and a perfect day for a float on the lake. Despite my sadness thinking about the end of the season, I replied with a quick YES!

An hour later we boarded the boat and pushed off from the dock. By now the air was warming up and sweatshirts were shed to enjoy the Sunday sunshine. img_4050We found a spot to float in the middle of the lake, sipped our hot coffees, and nibbled on yogurt and fruit parfaits. It was rather dreamy bobbing on the water, chatting about the perfect ten of an day with wonderful friends.  Time stood still for our morning sail. None of us wanted to mention the dreaded fact that this was the last of the season, we simply floated and ignored the inevitable.  

As we disembarked the boat we knew we weren’t simply leaving the boat, we were saying goodbye to another summer.  A summer that included many fun memories of floating with family and friends, times of laughter on the water, and maybe even a few adult beverages mixed in. 

Goodbye summer of 2019.  You will be missed.


I’m joining the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers as we write and share our slice of life stories each Tuesday. Won’t you join in?


10 Replies to “Last of the Season”

  1. I, too, have been thinking of the summer dying away – there really is an almost indefinable sadness in it, even as I look forward to crisp days. Your images and words captured the poignance of it so well – and how it turned to joy with your friends. A reminder that life is not just to be lived, but celebrated. In all seasons!

  2. What a beautifully written slice and a lovely way to bid farewell to summer. Your enjoyment of the morning shines through, as does a whisper of nostalgia for the past summer. I’m so glad you captured this moment and shared it with us. I hope you share it with your friend as well.

  3. Beautiful farewell to a rich summer of memories and good times. A boat ride is a great way to sail away the summer! Thanks for sharing a lovely story.

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