The sound of summer panting

(…with apologies to Ray Bradbury)

Summer is beginning to look a little tired. Yes, the temperatures are still up there, but they’re just not as high as they were anymore. Mornings are starting to get cooler and taking on that Autumn feel. The summer plans are pretty much all fulfilled. School registration is under way. Fall sports programs are sending out schedules. Apples are ripening.

This has been a pretty good summer, and my kids won’t be the only ones sad to see it go. We’ve had some good times. They’ve had more good times than I have, but I’m only a little jealous. We’ve done about as much as we could without letting the house and yard (and checkbook) descend into wrack and ruin. Now it’s time to get back to business, and I’m a little sad to see it go.

On the bright side, camping gear is on sale now! Time to pick up a few more items for next year’s grand adventures. Next summer seems so far away at the moment, but blink twice and it’ll be back. Life rushes by just that fast anymore.

It’s also coming up on fall, my favorite season. I love the autumn days when it’s still warm enough to be outside, but not so warm you have to worry about heat stroke. I look foward to that crisp chill in the air, the changing leaves, the shorter days, the temptation to light a fire in the fireplace (ours is actually gas, but “flip a switch on the fireplace just doesn’t sound as good”). I’m eager for jacket weather again. I’ll admit it; I’m a jacket guy.

But for now, though summer is gasping its last, it’s still here. I suppose we should show it a little love before it goes. Thanks, summer! You’ve been great this year!

2 thoughts on “The sound of summer panting”

  1. Oh yes, I love the anticipation of autumn, too!
    I have to agree – it’s been a good summer, though. I can’t remember the last time when I have been kind of sad to see the school start. In spite of some rough days I have enjoyed having the kids around and doing things with them. Next summer they will be a year older and much bigger. Time goes by too fast…

  2. I think that was a lot of it. The kids have been big enough to where there hasn’t been much limitation on what we could do. Next year should be even more interesting.

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