Mid-August. Think of the kids. They have to go back to school in a couple of weeks. Remember that feeling when you were school age?

And remember when the Christmas season started the day after Thanksgiving, and not a day sooner?  If you do you are showing your age.

Rumor has it that one big donut chain with locations all over Maine jumped its announced date of the return of pumpkin spice by a couple of days and began yesterday.

The reason it is still in my eyes a rumor and not a fact is pumpkin spice is for someone else, not me.

One more thing we are divided about as a country.

Some can’t wait for the release date of PSL.  And those folks also don’t have to look up what PSL stands for.

Others, say wait your turn.

They hold the belief close to their hearts that pumpkin spice is a fall flavor, and it certainly is not fall.  Not yet. Not until September 22.

FYI, Pumpkin spice Oreos returned for the first time in five years, showing up on shelves yesterday.

Wonder if you can get a Christmas tree at Target?

Or a Halloween costume at Spirit Halloween?

We do have a choice when it comes to ‘What’s your hurry, here’s your hat’ We can ignore pumpkin spice if it is only good when the frost on the pumpkin and a nip is in the air.

Photo: Heather Irish Gooley
Photo: Heather Irish Gooley

We don’t have to "go along for the ride."  We can buy our Halloween costumes in the last week of October. And our Christmas decorations in the month of December.

To quote Brooks in his letter back to his former fellow inmates at Shawshank Prison.

Dear Fellas, I can’t believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid. But, now they’re everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.

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