And all at once, summer collapsed into fall. – Oscar Wilde
Observers of nature witness subtle changes that indicate summer will momentarily morph into fall. For most of my life, I paid little heed to nature’s seasonal transformation. For me, the end of summer meant the arrival of a different time of year – the start of school. As a kid, I marched off to elementary and high school, then college classes. As a Mom, I packed my kids off to another school year. When my sons left home, September led to an increase in work at the office, as clients content to vacation and relax during the hot months took a renewed interest in their financial affairs.
Retirement and relocation ushered in a new change-of-seasons phase. Summer in a resort community can be chaotic. Vacationers invade. Family and friends knock on your door and stay awhile. But as suddenly as visitors appear – think Labor Day weekend – they disappear. The heat and humidity drop, families return to school and work, and life in the resort lane slows. Not as slow as pre-covid life, however. Nowadays folks extend vacations into fall and linger.
Residents claim September is the best month of the year. The air and ocean waters remain warm, the hordes of vacationers vacate (most of them), traffic decreases, restaurants are not crowded, and nature offers a poignant portrait of change. Leaves turn red, orange, and yellow, and then abruptly brown. Flowers bloom, then wane. The weather is perfect (not too hot, not too cold) for long walks and bicycle rides any time of the day.
Dusk descends sooner. Hub and I attended a Friday evening concert in the park. A tent provided cover for the trio of performers and some attendees. Many folks brought their own chairs, forming a make-shift circle around the tent. Sunlit at the start of the 6:30 performance, an hour later as the band concluded twilight emerged. By the time the park emptied it was dark.
I hope I can be the autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived.
And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.
– Dodinsky (author)