Let me enjoy this late-summer day of my heart while the leaves are still green and I won’t look so close as to see that first tint of pale yellow slowly creep in. I will cease endless running and then look to the sky and ask the sun to embrace me and then hope she won’t tell of tomorrows less long than today. Let me spend just this time in the slow-cooling glow of warm afternoon light and I’d think I will still have the strength for just one more last fling of my heart.
~ John Bohrn, Late August
It’s Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer here in the U.S.
The cherry trees are loosing their leaves already. The sumac is changing over from flowers to berries, the leaves turning a brilliant shade of red that stands out against a background of greens.
The sunflowers are beginning to droop and fade, nearing the end of their season. Now that they’re going to seed, the birds will enjoy them for a while longer.
The marsh grasses are taking on a hint of yellow. The sounds are different now, too. The summer birds are quiet, or have left already. The breeze moving through the trees has a drier sound to it, reminding me of the rustle of autumn leaves.
Summer isn’t finished with us yet. After a week of dry and pleasant weather, we’ll be heating up again here on the Eastern Shore, and back into the 90’s by early next week. There is still time to swim in the ocean and plant your bare feet in the sand on the beach.
I’m glad September will be arriving soon. It’s one of my favorite months. After the heat of August, it’s a relief to know we’ll be gradually sliding into the moderate days of autumn when we can open the windows and let the fresh air blow through the house. September’s light and shadows are softer, relieving the eyes after the harsh glares of August.
September is about endings, but I’ve always felt it also brings a sense of beginnings and renewal as well. Of course that would be true, wouldn’t it? All endings are a beginning of some kind.
When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool autumn.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thank you for stopping by today, and taking a short sunset stroll with me. Do you have any plans for the weekend? We have friends joining us here at the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. They should be arriving anytime now. It will be fun to share the weekend with them. We haven’t made any plans because who knows what we might want to do? We could go to the beach or go for a hike or just hang out here at the ranch. We’ll just have to wait and see.
I do think we’ll end up at the Point for sunset this evening. You’re welcome to join us. Sunset has been moved to 7:37 PM. Be there about twenty minutes before that so you don’t miss any of Mother Nature’s show.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. And have a great weekend! 🙂
Today’s joys: The coolness of morning; slow walks; anticipation; enjoying the fruits and vegetables of late summer; lengthening shadows.