The Bittersweet End of Summer in Minnesota

The Bittersweet End of Summer in Minnesota | Twin Cities Moms Blog

“I miss snow,” my son declared from the backseat.

“Bite your tongue,” I thought to myself as we absorbed the hot summer day. It was only months ago that we were inside our house bunkering down because of the cold weather. Yet, here we were in the next seasonal change, I didn’t want to go there willingly.

Our summer experiences are jogged with the memories of winter in the same place.

My husband and I rode our bikes around Lake Harriet and my mind instantly returned to a January day when we walked as a family across the ice, holding kites and ice fishing rods.

The Bittersweet End of Summer in Minnesota | Twin Cities Moms Blog

A trip this summer to Gooseberry Falls is compared to our trip over the winter when the falls were frozen and we hiked through the snow-covered trails.

The Bittersweet End of Summer in Minnesota | Twin Cities Moms Blog

Our picnic in Como Zoo is remembered when we took our skis across the trails.

The Bittersweet End of Summer in Minnesota | Twin Cities Moms Blog

We run these parallel comparisons of our summer and winter adventures. This is our bittersweet end of summer here in Minnesota where we are enjoying and loving what’s happening now but we are also thinking of winter and that our happiness enjoying our state doesn’t stop because of snow or cold weather.

The Game of Thrones, “winter is coming,” mantra plays well here in Minnesota because we feel this every year when summer comes to such a fast end. Winter is so much closer than we care to believe. We know it’s coming, but we love to stay in complete denial, well, at least I do. Before long, we pack up the sunscreen, beach towels, and shorts. The crisp fall air blows in and with it comes pumpkin spice coffees, squash soup, and apple cocktails. We trade busy weekends for afternoons snuggled on the couch.

It’s bittersweet, isn’t it? Another year of summer is over, another year our kids have grown, another year of memories, and now a new school year, with it new adventures for us as parents. It feels good and hard at the same time. And we know the fall turns to winter, and we sit and dream of these beautiful months that have gone by so very fast. 

“It went by too fast.” We lament the end of summer with friends. We squeeze every last drop out of summer here in Minnesota. We hold tight and take one more jump in the lake, one more picnic, one more bike ride, one more beach sunset, and one more boat ride. And some of those lasts of the season we do without realizing it will be the last of the season until the water is too cold or the air too crisp and we missed out on one more time. We hold tight to summer. This is why we are here. We know Minnesota’s little secret. We see her showing off with fabulous summer days on the water and nights by the campfire. It’s bittersweet to say goodbye. Summer is leaving, but there’s always a piece of her that stays in our heart.

Alice Seuffert
Alice is the creator of Dining with Alice where she shares creative comfort food recipes and conversations about motherhood. She is a television cook known for her easy and creative recipes and appears on Twin Cities Live and has also appeared on the Rachael Ray show. Alice is the author of Freezer Meals for Moms a book filled with freezer-friendly meals. Alice has also been recognized for her writing on body image, marriage and motherhood and has been featured on national parenting web pages including Scary Mommy. Alice works outside the home at a Twin Cities nonprofit organization as an education researcher and advocate at the state legislature. Alice’s favorite and most important role is mom and wife. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram or sign up for her Email Newsletter for all of her recipes and posts about motherhood and Minnesota.


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