We're still in summer, not fall.

As I write this article, it is August 10, 2020. We're about 2/3 of the way through summer. SUMMER. Not fall, summer. Summer is about frozen drinks by the water. It's about getting a glowing tan, or in my case, an excruciatingly painful sunburn. It's about tank tops and shorts.

You know what summer is not about? Pumpkin. Pumpkin means pumpkin patches and pumpkin picking. Pumpkin picking means carving pumpkins for Halloween. Halloween means the last day of October. October is not summer, October is fall. It's simply factual that it's too early for pumpkin spice.

I keep seeing stories about pumpkin spice returning to Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. First off, who wants a hot pumpkin spice latte in this heat? It's 91 degrees today, and that heat isn't dying anytime soon. Is pumpkin even refreshing? Does it quench your thirst like a nice cold iced tea? Or does it make you want to curl up in your flannel shirt with a candle lit? I bet it's the flannel.

Simply put, it's way too early for pumpkin spice. I'll allow it on September 1, but not a day sooner. Drink your water, slap on some sunscreen, and take a dip in the pool. You got the rest of the year to be cold and inside.

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