I went to the mall earlier this afternoon and snapped some pics of on-the-rack clothing. I’ll try to talk them up in a separate post tomorrow or Monday, although you can spot them on my Twitter feed, where I’ve already shared some of them. I want to devote this post, however, to a somewhat depressing fact: It’s late August! This summer is almost over, and it seemed like Memorial Day weekend (and the new leisure fashions that came with it) was only yesterday. (Gee, it’s sure gone by awfully fast, hasn’t it?) A new school year is about to start up. (Bummer, kids.) Football season is about to start; even hockey is, too (Madison’s junior-level hockey team is already playing practice games). And the stores, websites, and fashion mags are loaded with previews of those awesome fall fashions.
Yes, just as the earth turns and the sun rises and falls, the impending arrival of autumn is inevitable. One of two obvious signs of the pending change in season is, of course, a gradual change from hot to warm to cooler weather. While it’s been a pretty warm August here in Madison, this week we had a couple of cool days when the temperature didn’t get above 68 degrees, and it’ll be that way again the next couple of days. Cooler weather meant a cooler house, so it certainly felt weird when I didn’t need to leave on my fan overnight. As I’ve noted before, that fan is like my security blanket in the summer months, generating a nice low rumble that helps me drift to sleep. I’m certainly going to miss that white noise when that fan is stowed away for autumn.
The second obvious sign of summer ending is the longer shadows. Here in Madison, we’re already at the point where the sunset sets well before 8PM and doesn’t come back around until 6AM the next morning. Even in the bright sun of midday, you can notice a subtle change in the light; the noon daylight isn’t as high as it was nor as strong as it seemed to be in June. I have a sense of noticing that easily, and that’s without having to look down at how long my shadow has become. I know, go ahead and say all you want about how warm summer weather can be a B-I-T-C-H (that’s right, you saw what I spelled), but for me the best part of summertime is all that sunshine; it really does perk a person up when it’s in the sky for 15 hours straight.
So, if you’re anything like me, you’re really wanting — nay, desiring — to savor these so-called “dog days” of summer. Go ahead and do it: Go somewhere, even if it’s a one-day trip. Take a long walk or two in the bright sunshine. Kick back and take in the tranquility of the early evening. Get a tan on the beach (though don’t get burned). Jump in the pool and have a swim. Even appreciate a rain storm if one comes; feel the lightning, and wait on the thunder.
Please, enjoy the remaining weeks of summer before it all ends and, as some famous lyrics remind us (albeit metaphorically), we all must deal with autumn’s chill and remember and long for summer’s warmth.