I was reading Cold Wind , the latest Joe Pickett mystery by C.J. Box when I came across this interesting passage . On Labor Day weekend , Joe Pickett , a Wyoming game warden, is patrolling his district on the banks of the Twelve Sleep River and … ” As was his custom on the two busiest weekends of the summer, Memorial Day and Labor Day , he made himself as conspicuous as possible in his red shirt and green pickup truck. He noted the philosophical difference in the fishermen , hunters , bikers , and campers from the first three-day weekend of the season . On Memorial Day weekend , it was often still chilly, but the mood of the citizens he encountered was bursting with optimism and anticipation for the warm weather ahead. The Labor Day weekend , although nearly always blessed with pleasant weather and good conditions , was fused with a sense of loss and dread that the summer was over . More fights and violations occurred on Labor Day weekend , and citizens seemed to be walking around with shorter fuses. ”
” … fused with a sense of loss and dread that the summer was over ” mirrors my sentiments exactly and I guess that it expresses the feelings of a lot of people . In Wyoming ,where the winter snows are deep such a thought is perfectly understandable . That’s why even though summer doesn’t officially end until the 21st of September , and though there are still three months of fall to look forward to , people are already anticipating the advent of winter.
Here , in New Jersey ,winters are relatively mild and there are no more than three or four snows worth talking about . Here, it is not so much about the weather as the feeling that another year is slipping away. Once September rolls around , there is a sense that year’s end is fast approaching.At least there are compensations in every month to look forward to: Halloween and Thanksgiving and Christmas.