When you first find a summer fling, everything seems sweeter: the summer air, the star-covered skies, the melting ice cream cones, and those first doorstep kisses. All women gulp down the intoxicating mix of the spontaneity and summer sun without realizing the dangerous side effects of a summer fling. Some of the worst cases lead to side effects becoming long term. According to the traditions of a typical summer fling, the dating and emotions that come with it end as soon as the sun sets and the leaves begin to fall. But why are there countless summer flings that turn into summer clings? For women, actually letting go of a summer fling as the sun begins to set is just as easy as trying on shoes without purchasing them. You go to the store, try on a pair of shoes, and assure yourself, “I’ll just try these on and then put them back. I don’t have to buy them.” Almost as soon as you make that statement, you realize how well the shoes fits, how much your friends admire them, and how attached you already are—so you buy them. When a woman finds a summer fling that sparks an interest, they assure themselves that the romance will only last until school or Fall starts. But just like spotting a pair of irresistible shoes, as soon as that assurance enters your mind, you realize how well this man fits into your life, how much your friends admire him, and how attached you have become to him. Most inevitably, your summer fling becomes a summer cling. Your excitement endures a constant uphill and downhill every time you discover the buzz of a phone is not caused by your summer fling. Eventually, the flame with you and your summer fling disappears just as quickly as it ignited. Where are the list of warnings and cautions on this intoxicating mix of spontaneity and summer sun? In actuality, we women miss the list of warnings when the summer fling lays it all out in the beginning. Late night texts or calls, lack of insightful conversations, and frequent “busy” days are all unspoken warnings from a man to a woman prone to summer clinging. In some cases, summer flings directly warn a woman by instating their unwillingness to commit. Still, we women fall into the case of the “maybe’s”. Maybe he’s too busy with work, maybe he’s too scared to open up to me, or maybe that’s just the way he is. We have all fallen to the “maybe’s”, but this summer, read the warnings before you drink. Take a summer fling like a three month summer break that happens every year: a blissful, worry-free time before returning to reality in the Fall.