Summer love has a lot going for it. Beaches and heat put people in swimsuits and skin, so it’s easy for us to admire and be admired. Light-hearted vacations bring a chance to travel and a respite from responsibilities. Long days push dinners later, and the nights are mild enough to take us out under the stars. Conditions are naturally prime for a bit of romance.
Odds are, however, a summer romance won’t last. That’s the sweet and horrible thing about them. Fall will come, school will begin, and reality will sweep in like a cold tide. We can hope we’re the exception, like Sandy and Danny from Grease, but we won’t really know until we’re tested. That’s the underlying angst of the summer romance: how will or won’t it end? Only the autumn will tell.