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#RIPSummer: The pumpkin spice latte is here

Justina Huddleston is an editor and the head writer for TDmonthly Magazine. She has been a freelance writer for several years, though her real passion is cooking. You can see the recipes she creates on her vegan food blog, A Life of Litt...

The 7 stages of grief for the end of summer, as told by pumpkin spice latte reactions

Labor Day has come and gone. Accepting that summer is coming to an end is hard, but some folks are taking the arrival of the pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks really personally.

Granted, the drink did appear in stores earlier than ever this year, but is it really worth getting upset over something as simple as a beverage?

Don't worry. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we can work through the trauma together. Just walk with me through the seven stages of grief below — then go order your first PSL of the year.

Shock and disbelief

It's OK, everyone. The #PSL is here, and there's nothing we can do about it.

Denial

You think you aren't ready, but try walking past the store and not ordering one.

Bargaining

My advice: Don't make promises you can't keep.

Guilt

Maybe, just once, let yourself forget about the sugar so you can enjoy one of fall's tastiest indulgences?

Anger

Um... OK.

Depression

I guess you could always try making this sugar-free, dairy-free paleo pumpkin spice latte.

Perhaps you could turn your cynic's frown upside down with some nice, iced pumpkin spice?

Acceptance

Let's face it: The pumpkin spice latte is here to stay — until they bring back your fave summer Frappuccinos when there's still snow on the ground. Cast your fears aside, and drink up, because as with all of life's sweetest pleasures, the PSL will be gone before you know it.

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