The cooler Fall temps that we’ve seen the last two days in the morning have made me restless. Already. They remind me that Autumn is just around the corner. And that means football and more walks with the kids/dogs, and more money, and leaves, but less mowing and more raking. It means the smell of Fall in the air all the time and the freedom to play outside without drenching your clothes within minutes. It means Halloween and a trip to the pumpkin patch; photos of the kids. It means my half-marathon is at the end of October. And that we’ll have to travel again for Thanksgiving. But I feel this sense of wide openness coming with the impending new season.
Summer seemed like it would last forever and now it is waning. I knew it the first night I was running around 8:20 and the sun was almost gone, whereas a few weeks ago, I would have had almost full light until quarter til nine. The lightning bugs are gone too. I don’t know if it’s not warm enough or if the mosquito sprayer trucks eliminated them as well.
I guess there’s something sad about summer coming to a close, just as Fall is a little sad because it signifies that the end of another year is approaching. That cliched statement, “All good things must come to an end” echoes in my head. Likewise, with Borders going out of business, I have been thinking a lot about that. Some companies have been around for upwards of 100 years. I suppose I’ve known for a while that bookstores would go the way of the record store at some point. My regret is that I may not get published before digital has totally taken over and people no longer relish in the feel of an actual bound tome in their hands. That realization kicked my ass into gear; I wrote some last night (on my new mini lap desk I got on super sale at Borders!)
The end of the year usually does this to me: makes me hurry up and try to accomplish a few more things. Maybe it’s good I am teaching, running a race, AND picking up some extra online work. I like being busy. I like being full of things to do and not worrying about other stuff; there’s no time to so I am good. I can continue to operate like that for a while and I do better that way.
Are you ready for the next season? What do you like/dislike about Fall?