I’m Sick Of Summer

I’m sick of summer, the sticky skin and the sweaty sheets. I’m tired of competing with the din of the air conditioner and of listening to stories about trips to nearby shores I have or haven’t heard of. The sounds of summer are starting to grate, the kids shrieking through sprinklers and the announcement of the ice cream man as he circles my block and your block and every block; can’t he tell we’re not interested?

I’m tired of shaving and swimsuits and sunscreen, sick of days so long they stretch out for miles. I’m sick of looking at my shadow and thinking about my body and I’m tired of you looking at it. I’m tired of the dresses and how they cling to my torso like wet newspaper or blow in the hot thick wind, revealing all my secrets. I’m bored with showing my toes, bored with giving everything away.

I’m sick of watching the shirts with sleeves hang lonesome in my closet, I want to put them on and let you take them off. I want to wear the kinds of things that don’t slip off in an instant, the kinds of things with zippers and buttons and layers and depth. I want to feel soft, I want the comfort of a comforter, I want to spend Saturdays in bed with all the windows open.

I want to spend Sundays in cars with the windows open, too, driving to fields where apples and pumpkins grow. I want to taste the thick of fall in my mouth, in pies and brews and hot coffee. I want confusion over whether or not to wear a jacket and confusion over what hue that tree was three weeks ago, I want everything to change so that I can feel like there’s reason to be alert, like there’s a reason to wake up again.

Because I’m sick of waking up and going to work and being reminded that summer is just summer and not ~!SUMMER!~. I want the feeling of going Back To Something, the feeling that something has moved or morphed even if it’s just the pigment of the leaves or the size of my jeans. I’m sick of the stifling summer, its constant heat and relentless greens. All I want is fall, so I can pretend a drop in temperature and a shift in color means things will be different from here on out. TC mark

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  • Sarah

    Move to San Francisco.. you’ll never see summer

    • CL

      seriously.

  • T

    How can you be sick of summer.

  • http://gravatar.com/pamelamburton pumpkinsRprettty

    I hate summer as well and love fall. I can’t wait for this crappy hot weather to be over!

  • Wendy Lu

    Well-written, and my sentiments match yours exactly. One of the best Thought Catalog articles I’ve read.

    • StinkyDinkey

      So you’ve read 1 TC article?

  • http://tehburntone.wordpress.com tehburntone

    You think your summer’s bad? Heh, try living in Singapore. Summer 24/7/365. And there’s even a period of time where the sun gets even more ridiculously hot than it already is.

    • eternalsummer

      Exactly! Heat, humidity and rain all day, everyday. I’m from Malaysia and I just don’t understand how some people can complain about their summers…lol

  • Amanda

    I’m with you Stephanie. I am happy to see every season, but as with most things in life, enough is enough. I am ready for change because with change comes new feelings, and moods and attitudes. Especially with this being the hottest summer on the entire northeastern seaboard!! I hear the occasional person say how much they love it when its 100 degrees and 90 percent humidity and secretly, to myself, I honestly believe they are lying. Like, I’m supposed to be impressed that you just love the oppressive heat and humidity. That does not make you cool, in my opinion, in makes you nuts!

    • Jk

      Snap. My sister (she’s nuts anyway) says she loves heat and humidity. I always turn the a/c up when she visits :D

  • Bridget

    I love summer and am not sick of it, but I still think this article is beautiful.

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  • Anlon

    NEVER NOT SUMMER.

  • Megan

    I feel like I’m counting the days until fall. I’m over summer too.

  • Sierra

    This is exactly how I feel right now – you’re in my head. Sweaters and jeans and cold noses, I miss you!

  • http://barefairy.wordpress.com Crysta Icore

    Reblogged this on Dancing with Fireflies and commented:
    I love this one. It is exactly how I am feeling today.

  • M

    Come to Minnesota – it’s a brisk high of 65 today :)
    also… I love summer….but I can’t wait for apple everything season

    • Carrie

      Isn’t it wonderful?!

      • http://gravatar.com/latterenee Renee

        Yeah, Minnesota weather was GORGEOUS today. Can’t wait to head out on a camping trip with my college friends tomorrow! High of 70 for both days!!

  • Molls

    I definitely agree, mainly because I miss back to school (I think you were referring to that in your article too). I miss the cycle of things, so having the seasons change will be nice.

  • Carrie

    My feelings exactly. Sadly, I’m even kind of looking forward to getting back to college in a few weeks.. Also, I love the confusion over jackets in the fall. And the smell of leaves <3

  • http://twitter.com/Tara_Nian Tara (@Tara_Nian)

    yeah for someone who is a grown-up and has to go to work every single day including summer days, summer is just summer,

  • Claire

    come to seattle and you’ll barely ever have sticky skin stuck to sweaty sheets/compete with the ac din, you’ll just be glad when summer weather comes rolling around

  • Jack

    Yep, winter is much better.

  • http://gravatar.com/mpiotro2 Megan

    Besides being over summer too, this is really lovely.

  • happiesusie2010

    Love this post!! I just moved to singapore one month ago and I’m sick of the heat and stickiness already. I don’t know how I’ll survive the next few years of the neverending heat. It’s summer all year round… :(

  • Charlie

    This is the difference between men and women. Men maximize the pleasure of everyday things. We don’t complain about the present, we live in it, relish it, and embrace the moment. On the other hand, women fantasize and long for something they don’t have, and of what possible use is that to the non-masochist?

    Food for thought, perhaps to be chewed, spit out, or to take a ridiculous pleasure in.

    • Jack

      Well aren’t you charming? Clearly, from the comments, two being from myself…men think this way too. Way to generalize. You must feel much better about yourself.

      • Charlie

        Life is about choices. Do you chose to live in the present or hope for something that isn’t? My comment does not apply to every single man or woman, but there is a kernel of truth to the point I’ve made. I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Words to live by if you are not too old, but if you live by them for too long, you will never get to be too old.

      • Jack

        Great, excellent, marvellous, yaaaaay, goodie for you!

        What’s any of that got to do with being a man or a woman? You said “this is the difference between men and women […] men don’t complain […] women are masochists.” Where is the evidence for your kernel of truth? Oh..nowhere.

    • Amanda

      Men maximize the pleasure of everyday things. We don’t complain about the present, we live in it, relish it, and embrace the moment.

      And account for more than 80 percent of all serial killers, mass murderers and rapist. Yeah, that’s really maximizing the pleasure of everyday things. You don’t complain about the present, you just hold it all in until you hurt or kill someone. This certainly does not apply to all men and neither does your comment. That comment was just ridiculous!

      • Charlie

        My comment to Jack holds true to your point Amanda: Life is about choices. Do you chose to live in the present or hope for something that isn’t? My comment does not apply to every single man or woman, but there is a kernel of truth to the point I’ve made. I am greedy for life. I do too much of everything all the time. Words to live by if you are not too old, but if you live by them for too long, you will never get to be too old.

  • Robin

    You’ve just epitomized every summer I’ve had

  • Jennifer

    LOL ~!SUMMER!~ My fifteen-year-old sister to a tee.

  • Jordan

    Beautifully written!

  • Tee

    Fall is lame. It’s just winter without the holidays.

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