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September is the month that you don’t want to end because you want summer to last forever. It’s the month of perfect weather for long days on the beach, bike rides in the park and country drives. It’s shorts and sweater weather, campfires, s’mores and cozy soups. It’s the nostalgic month – cool crisp mornings, school bus sightings, lush green sports fields ready for fall sports, Saturday morning cartoons and Sunday dinner with friends. September is that old friend that rolls in that you haven’t seen for awhile but when you reconnect it’s like the two of you have never missed a beat.

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It’s that month that I wish I could package up and give it to someone as a gift — particularly those last, long days on the beach when there isn’t another person around for miles, when the dog can run free, and the kids spend their time finding tiny treasures, when there isn’t a worry in the world.

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This year, I am in denial that summer is over and for just a few more days determined to keep my flip flops on. I am not ready for soups and cozy foods but instead still craving crisp green salads.

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