When I was a kid, the start of school would always mark the end of summer. For most people, the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day. The calendar says that summer ends on the autumnal equinox on September 23rd. I’ve always tended to see the year as being divided up by months, with each season lasting three months. The summer months were June, July, and August. It’s still hot where I live. Like, really hot. But the first leaves to appear as green shoots back in the spring are now starting to yellow. As much as the end of summer, my favorite season, always inspires a bout of melancholy in my heart, I try to look at it not as losing a summer but as gaining a Halloween season.
This year, STRANGER THINGS was everywhere this summer. To mark the passage of summer into autumn, I decided to open and drink one of the cans of official STRANGER THINGS New Coke that I purchased a few months back. I would send summer off with a toast. It had been 35 years since I’d tasted New Coke. Nostalgia being a potent drug, I admit that I felt a little emotional as I popped the tab on that shiny new can and took my first swig. New Coke tastes just like I remember it from my childhood, sorta like a mixture of regular Coke and Pepsi. Perfectly, I had the TV on and an episode of THE GOLDEN GIRLS was playing. For one brief instant, I was a child again. Thank you, STRANGER THINGS.