When I was a child, the days in summer seemed long and loose and golden. Endless. Later, as a teacher, I thought they still seemed long, but green with early morning’s promise, bright with exquisite choices – leisurely coffee? the lake with my children? lunch with a friend? The months, now, that was a different story. The days may have been long, but the months . . . the months were short, compressed and compact. Mini-months.
Now, even though I am retired, summer months stand bookended by the rest of the year. Set apart as exceedingly precious. I watch my younger friends and neighbors take their children to pools, to grandparents, to the library – and I remember. I savor night song of cicadas and tree frogs, the fragrance of mimosa trees, the sight in stores and markets of berries and melons and fresh shelled peas.
This summer there have been a lot of things I haven’t gotten to do. Although I have been able to write, some, it hasn’t been as often as usual. (And unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I am somehow trying to write two books. How did that happen?! Who, me, not focus? LOL. . . )
But I haven’t blogged since June 26th and haven’t been able to read and comment and “like” – (sorry, M-R! smiles) – my blogging friends’ posts nearly as often as I like to.
Haven’t cooked as much as I want to. . . haven’t continued on my decluttering path. . . haven’t – well, you get the drift! (I am really sad to say I haven’t even been in the water!!! But that will be fixed this week!) But all of the things I haven’t done are in part because of the things I have.
One of those things is spending time outside. Summer beckons us out. I am finally getting back in the habit again of walking outside in the mornings. Thanks to my brother, Stephen, I rediscovered my love of walking near Kennesaw Mountain. It’s sooo nice. . . as long as you don’t wait too late in the day, that is! July in Georgia is no joke!
Here are a few pictures from near Kennesaw Mountain. I hope to keep spending time there in the mornings – and I hope to somehow add more “summer things” into these days. Before they go flying by any faster!