The other night as I was driving home at 7:30 p.m., I noticed that the light had changed. It was a much closer to sunset light. It made me realize, in a way that outdoor temperatures really don't, that we're getting very close to the end of summer.
Here are some other close to the end of summer observations:
--Down here, our public school teachers are already back at school. Students go back next week. This seems early to me, but I know that some districts in other places have students return this week.
--It takes me back to my time at Lutherock, a Lutheran church camp we visited a few weeks ago. My parents met us there for the whole week-end, and my uncle came up for Saturday afternoon. We talked about summer being over, effectively. We arrived on the last day of a regular camp week, August 2, which again, seems early to me. But as I've written before, if you're returning to school mid-August, you're not going to camp in early August.
--I feel like I've lost this summer.
--But it wasn't really lost. I just worked on goals that I didn't know I'd even have, way back in January when I was thinking about goals for 2013.
--My younger self used to scoff at the idea that moving was one of life's most stressful events. My older self knows this to be true.
--My younger self could get her possessions moved into a new apartment in a day and be unpacked by the end of the week-end. What did she know about the stress of moving?
--Yesterday morning, I saw a woman carrying a plastic container of watermelon chunks; I assume it was her lunch. I thought, wait, I haven't eaten any watermelon yet this summer!
--But I've had other summer joys: swimming in a variety of swimming pools, walking at the beach, sailing the Chesapeake Bay.
--And it's only the middle of August. There's still time for summer joys. I must remember to get some watermelon.
--And truth be told, I love the time of year from October to Christmas. I don't get as sad about the end of summer because know great holidays are approaching.
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