Does September Do It For You?

The time has come to bid adieu to the summer months, and sing (or sigh) salut to September.

For some this may invoke feelings of doom and gloom, while others give large sighs of euphoric relief. 

So, which camp are you in?

The ‘oh crap, it’s September’-ers

You don’t want autumn. Autumn is not your friend. It marks the end of all things flowy and carefree. Maxi dresses. Flip flops. Harem pants. You don’t want your feet suffocating in thick socks and your legs squeezed into uncomfortable skinny jeans which you are forever having to yank up over your middle aged builder’s bum (does even Kate Moss need the odd yank these days?).

September weather may be all golden and crispy but you know this is only a temporary respite, leading into long, cold, dark, dreary days. It’ll soon be dark when you take the kids to school, and dark when they get picked up. Their healthy summer glow will fade before you know it, and they’ll look like little vampires again. 

All summer you’ve had your head in the sand about anything grown up and normal. “I’ll deal with that in September” you said with gay abandon in mid July. The car tax, the unexplained brown stain on the hall carpet, the parking fine that you’re now being taken to court for. Who gives a toss, you thought throughout August. But there’s no more avoiding these boring real life issues. September is here.

The 3am night sweats rear their ugly head again. The motherhead starts spinning out of control.

‘I haven’t paid for the year 1 trip to the museum. Do year 1 really have to go to the museum? What if they lose my little pickle in the museum shop? Why do they even let them go into the shop? OMG, I need to go to a shop, any shop. I’ve got crap winter clothes and everything’s too tight. Talking of shops there are no Yoyo Bears for the packed lunches, they cannot live without Yoyo Bears. Can I go to Tesco at 3am?’

Your head is about to explode, so you may as well get up and start making some lists.

You haven’t made one of your lists since July 15th. The motherhead slept soundly all summer. You told yourself when you came back from the week in Majorca that you would stay all earthy and chilled and listen to Andy on your Headspace app every day. Mindfulness would be your life.

But you can’t possibly do that now because it’s September, and there’s simply no time. You may as well just start getting stressed about Christmas….

The ‘Way-hay, it’s September’-ers

At last, normal life can resume.

You were only piling your plate high with crusty bread and chorizo sausage at the hotel buffet in Majorca, because you knew that the sweet focus of September was just around the corner. This is where it all starts.

Early morning runs, pilates, yoga, circuits, you name it, you shall be embracing it. You merely endured stagnant August because you knew the month of change was coming.

Until your body is Cindy Crawford perfect (no doubt by Halloween), you have the joy of snuggling into all those chunky woolly knits anyway, and hiding your legs away in the comfort of your trusty old boyfriend jeans.

No more orange streaked bedsheets and tidemarks on your jawline from dodgy fake tan applications. Nobody is meant to be tanned in autumn. Pale and interesting here we come.

You can write lists again and get things done. There wasn’t much point when the world checked out in August.

But now you have goals. And the calming rhythm of routine. You can set that alarm at night knowing that everyone in the family has a place they need to be by 9am the next morning.

You can breathe again. The floaty emptiness of the summer is a thing of the past and you will be fine tuning everything, especially your parenting skills. No screens before all homework is done. In fact, let’s just go cold turkey. No screens at all. You will enrol them at weekend forest school instead. Better get that on the list.

As for the weather, you no longer have to join in with the endless chimes of disappointment about the British summer. ‘Well then, was that it? Was that our summer? Those three days of sun?’

Yes siree, it was, and now we can look forward to chilly days, leading to cosy nights in front of a log fire with a glass of red. And excitedly start planning for Christmas…

Happy September!





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  1. September 1, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I’m loving the summer so much. I’m already pissed off its pitch black before 8:30pm. Summer is just like your wedding day. You spend ages preparing for iysnd it’s over before you can blink. I feel like September marks new beginnings with college course open days and kids starting school or starting a new year. But right now I wish it would go away.

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 9, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      You are spot on – it’s just like your wedding day. You think you’ve got all this glorious time, then that’s it, it’s over in a heartbeat and it’s back to reality. Hope you’re embracing September my lovely and the start of school and college open days are exciting. Thx for commenting x

  2. September 11, 2017 / 8:06 am

    I have a love/hate relationship with September. I hate being hot so I welcome the cooling months coming up. But I HATE pumpkin with a passion. I hate the taste, I hate the smell, I hate the color. I just hate it. I feel like the Grinch of pumpkin season. #GlobalBlogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 11, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      Am LOLing at your pumpkin hate! I’ve never heard anyone who feels so strongly about it. Oh dear Heather, it’s fast approaching! Thx for reading x

      • September 11, 2017 / 10:06 pm

        I’m going to have to hide for an entire month, maybe two. Pinterest keeps these trends going a lot longer than they used to.

  3. September 11, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I love summer and I feel like it ended without a warning. We just got home from holiday and we’re already back to school, work, routine. I normally quite like the beginning of autumn, but the summer was wet and cold and now it’s already time to turn the heating on. I’ll have a warm soup now… #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 11, 2017 / 9:27 pm

      I can’t believe we’re getting the heating on and I’ve been wearing woolly jumpers already! Hoping we’ll get some sunny crisp lovely autumnal days but I’m with you – I’m really missing the carefree loveliness of summer. Thx for reading. Enjoy your soup. Boooo. xx

  4. September 11, 2017 / 9:03 am

    September is the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, so I am happy. I get to start the maxi dresses and flip flops. Jippee! #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 11, 2017 / 9:26 pm

      Of course, you’re the other way round from us and you’re so lucky! Maxi dresses here you come. Thick woolly jumpers and boots, here I come! boooo. Thx for reading x

  5. September 11, 2017 / 9:52 am

    We’re at the start of Spring here in South Africa. Summer seems to have pushed Spring out of the way though, and has arrived already – that’s how hot it’s been the last few days. I miss Winter already… because now I have to shave my legs again. ???? #GlobalBlogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 11, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Spring in South Africa is just lovely. My parents used to live in Jo’Burg so I know it well but you’re obviously enjoying an early summer which I am jealous of! I guess the positive is that I don’t have to shave my legs for about 6 months now! Thx for reading x

  6. September 11, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I like to think I’m a little of both. I love routine, and being a working mom means we have routine all year, but school and busy extracurriculars gives me a real schedule I can sink my teeth into. Plus I can schedule time for blogging while the girls are at dance class – as long as I remember to bring the computer! But the relaxed (ya, right!) days of summer are so luxurious as well – I managed to get a bit of a tan this year! And taking spur-of-the-moment road trips is a weekend activity I love in the summer!

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 11, 2017 / 9:23 pm

      It’s good to be a bit of both so you’re never too fed up with either, but I’m a real carefree summer holidays person. I just love not having the routine but I guess it couldn’t go on forever. Thx for reading x

  7. September 11, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    I’m definitely in the Oh, Crap It’s September camp! Michigan summer is blissful and my kids are old enough that our summer is carefree and happy vs. jam-packed and stressful (for me) once school starts. At least fall is very pretty around here so there’s that. If I can ever stop signing school forms, packing lunches, and scrambling here and there after work getting the kids to their activities long enough to take in the colorful leaves. 🙂


    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 11, 2017 / 9:22 pm

      You sound in a very similar mindset to me. The whole hectic routine just makes me think ‘aaah, here we go again’ and I long for the carefree long days of summer. Thx for reading x

  8. September 11, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    we just started spring in Australia and I’m completely opposite I’m looking forward to the weather to warm up a little. Happy September #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 11, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Oooh you’re so lucky! I just wish we were heading into Spring. Enjoy every minute. Thx for commenting x

  9. September 11, 2017 / 10:31 pm

    This post was bang on Susie! I am a summer person (though I love my boots and winter wear) so September does bring a gloom of sorts, especially because it’s freezing already!!!

  10. September 12, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    September in the UK is very autumnal and I loved it, the colours changing etc but around the world it’s different. I’m now looking forward to the end of rainy season and summer holidays in SA #GlobalBlogging

  11. September 12, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Love this. I think I’m somewhere in-between. I love summer, but I also love the colours of autumn. I enjoyed the carefree days of summer, but it also feels good to get back into some kind of routine. The whole healthy eating/shifting the summers indulgences thing is never going to happen though, life’s too short ????

  12. September 13, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    I love autumn and spring as it’s chilly and you can wrap up without needing a thick coat or getting super sweaty. BUT, this weather is not autumn, its winter!!! Im getting cold hands during the day in my office and that isn’t on! #globalblogging

    • Susie | So Happy In Town
      September 13, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      I’m always gutted about the end of summer as I love it so much and having the children around, but I love the autumn and spring like you, because it’s usually warmer than winter and there are sunny days. But you’re so right, this is downright wintry weather. Not in the programme! Thx for commenting x

  13. September 14, 2017 / 9:03 am

    Summer didn’t seem to happen this year in terms of weather so lets get on and have autumn so we have an excuse to put the heating on or even light the fire! Christmas countdown yay! #globalblogging

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