Saturday, September 8, 2018

Looking Back

























































Oh August,
You always leave me feeling completely exhausted and overstimulated... but I love you.

Come the end of August I am completely ready for change. Everything is dry and dirty, from the crisp yellow grass underfoot up to the shriveling leaves on the trees. The leaves are changing color now but I cannot tell if it is because they are dying from dehydration or a symptom of the crisp night air.
 I suppose a bit of both.
It may be from living in a place with rain and seasons my entire life, but once September arrives I begin to long for rain. I love the earthy smell in the air after that first rain. The cozy push inside. Whatever you haven't finished in the work of the outdoors, it's over, it's time to come inside and rest. The feeling of moisture in the air again is absolutely uplifting. It's a cleansing period too. All of the dirt and the old dusty cobwebs wash away. The green returns. Everything begins to feel fresh and clean, like a child fresh out of the bath, and then it's time to tuck in and have a long sleep.
Alright, I'm rambling on about the fall tucking in with a bedtime story when I was going to recap August. Oh my. Well... If your still with me....
August.
You were sleeping in tents and spending entire days outdoors. You were jumping into cool mountain streams that left our entire bodies tingling as we emerged from your waters. You were dry grass, warm sun, singing crickets. You were a time for harvesting and canning beautiful fruits of the earth. You were a time for late wild nights, and also, late slow mornings. You were a time for progress! Outside projects came back to life and moved forward. A time of absolutely no schedule and thoroughly enjoying it.
I will miss you August, but I do feel ready for the shift now.
I feel that you completely filled me with everything that I needed from my summer and I am ready for change. Thank you August... See you next year.
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