Summer ending in Michigan is much like the five stages of grief:
We have more cold months than we do nice ones so we try and hold on to it as much as possible... before eventually reaching the acceptance stage.
So as summer sadly comes to an end here are the things that all Michiganders are thinking:
"I'm still going to wear my shorts."
You'll still see people in shorts and flip flops well into the fall. Once it goes below 40° though, then people will trade shorts for pants.
"I'm going to go to the beach/lake until I can't anymore."
Accepting that summer is over is one of the hardest things for a Michigander, especially since it means no more summer days spent on the water. Unless it's freezing outside, trips to the cottage/lake house to hang out on the boat is still going to be a part of the weekend.
"YAY! No more mosquito bites!"
The only nice thing about summer ending: the blood suckers are gone for at least the next six months.
"I'm ready for Football! But not ready to bet let down by the Lions."
Football season is always an exciting time but it's also a catch-22 if you're a Detroit Lions fan. Michiganders go into the season with high hopes that maybe, just maybe, this will be the year the Lions will make it far. That obviously is never the case.
But, you have to give it up to people from Michigan because we are some of the most die hard fans when it comes to the Lions. Win or lose.
"Where's the bonfire this weekend?"
If you haven't been to a bonfire, even in the cold, you are not a true Michigander. Unless there's a snow storm you can always make time for a bonfire.
"I can't wait for Fall!"
Besides how gorgeous Michigan is in the fall, there's also a lot to look forward to such as cider mills, haunted houses, cute fall outfits, and there's a basic girl somewhere in her ugg boots who can't wait for pumpkin spice everything.
"It's back to school!"
If you're a parent this is a great thing. You get some of your life back not having to be with your kid(s) all day.
For kids, though, this usually means life is over. Back to reality. Back to waking up early. And the worst of it all - back to homework.
“Ugh, pretty soon I’m going to be shoveling snow.”