Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Summer Farewell

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Can it be Thursday already? And almost September... already?

I welcome the creeping onset of Autumn, though. I honestly don't know that I can think of one person who doesn't like Autumn. I realize some of you may be hanging on to Summer for all she's got as long as you can, but who doesn't love the tilt of the light and those amazing, Kingfisher-blue skies? I know that when we lived in MN, I too, hung on to summer for just as long as I can, but the romance of Autumn in all its splendid colors always swept me away.

Here in Florida, Autumn is, of course, welcome relief - relief that we won't actually get to experience until about mid-October, but relief, nonetheless. I clearly remember the donning of the fall decor beginning among the blogs round the first of September! I live vicariously through all of you at this time of year when we are still in the dog-days of Summer!

To be honest, I have never chosen Summer as a favorite season. I like it, but I don't have the memories of long summer camps or family cabins that some so fondly remember. I often wonder what it would be like to have traveled annually to some same summer resort: the summer resorts that are so hard to get into, since it seems the same families hold their same reservations for years. I'm sure that the same-old, same-old can get dull too, but I also understand how a place can become a "home-away-from-home." And, I confess, I am a sucker for tradition. I like adventure too, but here and there, sprinkled among the steady pace of tradition.

Amy at the Creative Mom Podcast prompted us with a haiku this week. Strangely, as I told her, I have been wanting to write one of late. This was the push I needed and I put my thoughts of Summer down on paper.


Lazy days away
it's somewhat lonely to me
with everyone gone.

And that's how summer mostly seems to me. I guess I don't have too many memories of a neighborhood filled with friends and long days full of endless fun. And the neighborhoods aren't full these days either. With summer camps for every interest and day of the week and family vacations, the children who might be around to play with each other are shipped out to different places. I don't begrudge anyone their family vacation. We like to take them too! But I'm always happy to know when school swings around, I'll get to see familiar faces around here again. Community life starts up once more.

So, fare thee well, Summer. We've collected some fine memories, but Autumn is just around the corner and I am more than ready to greet her!


Marianna said...

Mrs. P,

I'm so in agreement with you (big surprise, huh?). I love the onset of Fall, and the return to routine that back to school time brings. I will be sure and post a few Indiana fall pics for you. Although, they are saying that after our very hot/dry summer the colors won't be as pretty this year.

BTW, I'm not sure you saw my response to your question on my pics post...the creature was my "lovie" when I was a child. It is a stuffed dog that goes by the name Fleabit. Let's just say that his name fits him well!


Kelli said...

I feel the same way as you! All of my favorite childhood memories take place in either Autumn or Winter. I can't wait for Autumn to arrive!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for steering me to the Creative Mom Podcast! That looks like the perfect "listen" while I finish my pre-fall clean.

Glad to find your new-to-me blog!

Sheknits said...

Your haiku is how I feel....

Rose Mathew said...

Hello Mrs. Pivec,

Glad to know that you are nature lover like me, which refreshes my school time memory. I am from Toronto and I search for Private schools here in Toronto

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