Wednesday, August 22nd — a lament for the end of summer

So, this is my last Wednesday of summer holidays.  Tomorrow will be my last Thursday and Friday my last. . .

. . .you get the picture.

I hate that summer and summer holidays have to end.  I live for summer, it’s my time of year.  Spring and Fall are nice, Winter totally sucks (except for the occasional beautiful day), but Summer, when it has been as fabulous as this one has (and even when it hasn’t) is the best season of all.

But it saddens me immensely when it’s over.

I guess it’s the kid in me, not wanting the endless days of sunshine and fun and warm, soft breezes; barbecued hamburgers and corn on the cob; walks to get  ginormous ice-cream cones from the local ice-cream shop; the sound of kids on bikes and frogs in ponds; hawks circling high overhead, their piercing calls cutting through the heat-faded blue of a summer’s afternoon; the bone-shaking rattle of thunder, and lightning so bright it makes you wince in wonder and fear; the soft patter of rain on a sultry summer evening — the sense of relief and joy that bit of cool respite brings;  flowers in the garden; tomatoes fresh and warm off the vine, their juices running sweet down your chin as you bite into them whole; family gathered on the deck laughing, eating, drinking; beer in coolers; wine in fancy plastic glasses; all of this and more — I can’t stand the heartbreak of it ending.

But, end it must.  Like Arthur’s Camelot it is but a brief and shining moment.  A moment that will sustain me through the long wait for its return.

Here’s a sampling of images from summers past and present:

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4 Comments

  1. August 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    For me, the change of seasons is so nostalgic. I love all the seasons in their own time and chose not to live year round in CA where I grew up so that I could enjoy them. They each have their own beauty, don’t you think? Although, I do spend a few months of winter away from the snow and cold.

  2. grandmalin said,

    August 23, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Fall is in the air already and the days are getting shorter….I know how you feel….Maybe we’ll have a lovely long autumn 🙂

  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes said,

    August 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Ah, summer, summer… Me: I’m WAITING for it. We’re almost on Spring here in Australia. So the world really does turn…

    Enjoy what’s left! 🙂

  4. August 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I know how you feel, Kathy. I have one more week and the things begin to speed up again. These are wonderful times: lovely photos.


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