As I sit here writing this Good Morning column I have but one question on my mind — where did this summer go? While the end of the season is coming soon in theory, it feels like it never truly began.

I started thinking about this earlier today when I realized that Labor Day is just two weeks away. I’ve always seen Labor Day as the unofficial end to the summer season, and it is a crazy thought that it is so close.

Now, saying that summer is nearing its end is a bit of a misnomer. This is Texas after all, and I’ve seen the summer heat stick around through September, if not October. So, it is far-fetched to believe that fall is just around the corner.

Still, the spirit of summer seems to have gone away even if the heat has another month or so to go.

I think in a way, this summer never truly felt like summer to me. All of the trappings of summer were missing this year. There were no vacations, trips to the lake, or even trips to the pool for me.

Instead, I mostly stayed at home and kept to my work. I’ve written before that summer has lost some of its magic as I’ve grown older. It isn’t the same season it was when I was in school. The months of June through August were this mythical time when I could stay up late at night and not feel the consequences.

Even considering my change of perspective as an adult, this summer has felt different to me, and I can’t really put it into words why. The words escape me.

Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at