Labor Day is always the perfect day off. In Arizona, school has already begun, and my camp director husband and his amazing and talented song leader wife 😉 are exhausted but happy from a complete and beautiful summer. This day is our reprieve, but this is also the day that marks a turning point for the whole year. The day was designed to honor workers, but truly, to me, it marks the end of the summer.
The days are about to cool off (hallelujah!), and the days will soon get shorter, too. It is like the world is buckling down and since there is less daylight in a 24 hour period, we must become more focused to get everything done. Summer brings carefree spirit with it, and this is the day that puts that behind us.
It is bittersweet, because there is always so much to look forward to, too, but I will miss the summer. Many people I know are thrilled to see its end, as Arizona heat is enough to debilitate anyone. Not me though. Summer represents camp and camp music and swimming and energy and spirit.
I know Don Henley must have felt the loss of summer and summer love when he wrote “Boys of Summer.” These lyrics always echo through my mind on Labor Day.
“Nobody on the road
Nobody on the beach
I feel it in the air
The summer’s out of reach.”
Strangely, I couldn’t find this song on Youtube. I only found covers of other people singing this Don Henley classic, but it really had to be my song of the day. Click HERE to go to a site called Daily Motion to hear and see Don Henley singing “Boys of Summer.” As you listen, make your peace with the summer of 2012, because it is now behind us.