There is a massive part of me that is celebrating the fact summer is dwindling. I’m not an enormous fan of the summer heat, mainly because I like the colder climates. I’m a jeans and sneakers kind of gal. I have been since I was a kid and never grew out of that mentality. I’m not a fan of snakes, but I enjoy various kinds of spiders. I find bats exciting and look at animals seen more in the summer as a wonder to behold, but I’m not looking for them. If the butterflies land near me, that’s awesome, but if the fire ants start getting all over me, then I’m not going to rush out and give them an invitation to bite. Every sign of summer dwindling makes me a little melancholy and grateful for the season.
Several camps often have fireside gatherings. The summer is no exception, but the cool thing about the summer dwindling is hot chocolate, s’mores’, cooler weather, and the excitement of various seasons begin to heat up. Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s not because of all the costumes, but rather a time to embrace the fall. It’s a chance to absorb different legends and stories told at the spookiest time of the year. To me, there’s nothing better than hearing the stories mixed with factual and imaginative tales combined. There’s a certain magic that the end of summer allows all of us to experience. One of the best things is the realization that it’s the start of the school year, and in times of frustration experienced from the pandemic, it’s also a time to start new. We’ve all grown from our experiences. Now it’s time for new adventures and opportunities to arise.
My cat always amazes me because she’s always cold, and she gravitates to spots in the house that have the warmest temperatures. She loves to bake herself with the heat, and if she gets too hot, she’ll back away into a shaded part where the sun can’t get her, but she can still feel the extra warmth. She enjoys the summer too, but she’s funny because as the temperatures change, so does her demeanor. The colder it gets, she likes to crawl under the covers with me. You’d think for an animal with fur that she had no way of staying warm. I’d be roasting if I was her. While I envy her ability to live with no worries, I wouldn’t want to sleep my life away, and she does that well.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-summer by any means. But the idea of the fall entering the picture is idyllic to me. I enjoy going to the mountains and apple picking. The fall spices invigorate my senses with the smell of pumpkins, apples, and mountain rain. The colors of the trees changing take my breath away, and the sights provided by nature are never the same. You can change the landscape of where you are, but the summer brings people to the beach more frequently, while the fall provides opportunities to walk the beaches without so many people around.
While I love the winter, I’m not ready to shift gears that far ahead. In the meantime, I think I’ll enjoy what I can of the summer and walk the park’s trails while I can, enjoy the remaining flowers that continue to bloom, and bask in the summer heat for a short period remaining. There’s no need to rush the time that’s left of the season. Because nature has a way of doing that for all of us, savor the time you can enjoy the summer that remains and make the most of those moments. Our memories dull over time, but the experiences we create have meaning in everything we do. Use the seasons to inspire you to do something out of your comfort zone so that you don’t feel like you’ve missed out on anything that the summer may leave behind. Have a great day, everyone.