Holland & Usry August 2018

The End of Summer AND THE START OF FOOTBALL SEASON

When I was growing up, the last few weeks of summer were all about having as much fun as possible. Like many people reading this, I was the type of kid who dreaded the first day of school. As soon as I could feel its arrival, I made savoring whatever summer vacation I had left my only priority Luckily, there are always plenty of indicators that summer is coming to an end. Around the beginning of August, the days start to get shorter. Then, seemingly overnight, college football is all anyone can talk about. All of Spartanburg starts wearing either garnet or orange, and everyone is optimistic that this will be the year for their team. Once I start seeing an avalanche of back-to-school themed commercials on TV, I know the summer is officially winding down. I guess that feeling of squeezing the summer for all its worth hasn’t left me, because I almost always take a vacation during August. This year, I traveled to Litchfield to hang out at the beach for a week. Traveling to the coast is the perfect way for me to relax for a while and return refreshed. They call them the dog days of summer for a reason. I’ve found that trying to push through them without a chance to breathe only leads to fatigue during the fall. It’s like starting a new school year without having finished the previous one. I may not get two months off these days, but I definitely enjoy the week or so away from the office. Everyone will have a different idea of what making the most of the summer looks like. It might include a trip to an exotic locale or a visit with the relatives. It could involve simply hanging out in the yard, grilling, and watching as much preseason football coverage as you can. For me, it almost always involves swimming. Whatever feels most like summer to you, I encourage you to take some time and enjoy it. It’ll be fall before you know it.

That said, don’t get reckless in your pursuit of summer adventures. I totally understand the sense of urgency you’re feeling at this time of the year — heck, I feel it myself — but that eagerness to have fun can’t come at the expense of your safety or the safety of others. Don’t speed to the beach; you’re going to get there anyway. When you make it to the coast, practice safe swimming habits. I’m sure we’ll be talking more about football in the coming editions of this newsletter, but for the time being, let me just say that I’m hoping for a resurgent season from the Gamecocks. That’s another awesome thing about this time of the year: We’re not out of the conversation yet. Enjoy the end of summer, everyone. Stay safe. Have fun. And enjoy those back-to-school commercials. –John Holland

I totally understand the sense of urgency you’re feeling at this time of the year — heck, I feel it myself — but that eagerness to have fun can’t come at the expense of your safety or the safety of others.

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