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The Shawnee News-Star
  • This time of year

  • It’s that time of year.

    We’re beyond that dead summer time of year. It’s not quite the fall time of year. It’s certainly not that holiday season time of year.
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  • It’s that time of year.
    We’re beyond that dead summer time of year. It’s not quite the fall time of year. It’s certainly not that holiday season time of year.
    No, it’s that in-between time of year.
    That time of year where you’re still wishing you were on vacation. You’re back from the beach but you’re still wearing that wide-brimmed straw hat around the house. You still have the tanning lotion within arm’s reach. You left the mountains a few weeks ago, but you still wake up every morning thinking (or wishing) that it’s going to be 50 degrees out.
    It’s that time of year where yard work sounds better in theory than in practice. The only time you want to get your hands dirty better involve a bag (or bucket, I don’t judge) of cheese puffs. That time of year you buy iced tea gallons as often as you do milk.
    It’s that time of year where school hasn’t quite started but summer break is on its last breath. Your child’s school supply list looks like an inventory checklist for Office Depot. You wish “tax free” included a little more of the free part. And why is Junior’s iPhone cheaper than his classroom-required calculator that hasn’t been updated since George W. Bush was in office?
    Truth be told, I always look forward to this time of year. Not because of what it has in store. Usually, this time of year doesn’t have much in store. It’s because of the promise of what is to come.
    Cooler weather. Football all weekend. New school year. New challenges. The approaching holidays.
    Still, I try not to live with my mind too far off into the future. To do so might cause me to underestimate the present. Never underestimate the present.
    It will be later in the year sometime later in the year. This time of year is only here this time of the year.

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