It’s already happening. The days are getting a little shorter, the mornings a little cooler.
It’s the last days of summer. Of sunny skies, liberation, and joyous freedom from routine. I’m so thankful for all summer brings – fishing, days at the beach, family travel, BBQs, backyard nights under the stars, late mornings, a schedule and routine all our own. As my children return to school, I’m only a little sad – just unbelievably, unbelievably grateful.
The Last Days of Summer
Oh, summer fun. One for the memory books. Canada Day, berry picking, catching tadpoles, road trips, pools and all the scoops of cold ice cream. It’s hard to say goodbye to sandals, tank tops and tropical sunscreen (I can’t bring myself to pack them away, not just yet). For now, there’s still time to play, for a last weekend getaway, for family and friends to gather around the grill – summer’s not over yet.
But soon, these last days of summer will quickly pass. It’s September, and the autumnal equinox – the first day of fall – is soon to arrive, in just a few short weeks. I will welcome autumn (the most beautiful of seasons) with open arms, but today? Summer’s still here. And I’ll embrace it with my family, the last of the warm sunshine, for all it’s worth.
As we return to work and school, routine sneaks back in and the cozy, nostalgic vibes of autumn slowly take the place of the warm, sunny days. Fall is arriving, making itself known. And its beautiful. I’ll miss the summer, its days become a special kind of family memories. My children’s childhood summers, mimicking my own, yet also so uniquely theirs. Oh, the seasons of life.
Chrysthanemums are slowly beginning to appear on front steps, including mine – it’s true, summer is coming to a close. The last days of summer are rightfully worthy of a respectful goodbye – for now. For us, we can think of no better place to mark this changing of seasons, this passing of time, then at the river . . . one of our favourite places. The four of us.
Together, at the river. Fishing, along the rocky, treed shores, amongst the tall reeds swaying with the breeze. We’ll come back. Summer will too. But for today, my daughter sits on the edge of the dock with her toes just touching the surface of the cool water. My husband is baiting hooks, while my son casts out a line into the distance. And I take it all in, with deepest gratitude.
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