Friday, September 24, 2010
Finally! A Chance To Write My Annual Autumn Post
Always I look forward to the end of a long summer's heat and those first days with that hint of autumn in the air. It got hot here in May and has continued hot until now. We set a record high the other day and tied one yesterday. But starting Sunday and into early next week, we finally will get down to normal - and maybe a few degrees below normal - high temperatures.
While most of the folks around here seem to be global warming skeptics, they all agree that spring and fall hardly exist anymore. It gets warm, stays warm, and then gets cold quickly, then back to hot.
But there is a popular theory around here that explains it. I had two people explain it to me just this week. The explanation is: The Bible says (they say!) that we won't be able to tell the seasons apart during the last days before Jesus' return!
I don't know if it's just that wistful reminiscing that seems to be common as I get older or what, but at this time of year I always relive in my mind those russet autumns of my youth. Back in those carefree days it didn't mean to me what it does now. I didn't "gather nuts for the winter" as I do now that I'm an adult, with winterizing the old auto, and doing things around the house to prepare for the coming cold. No, back then it meant playing outside in the leaves with my new friends from school, taking part in the Halloween festivities, looking forward to Charlie Brown's Thanksgiving special, licking my chops at the thought of the coming Thanksgiving feasts. But mostly it was about enjoying those last days of outside fun before old man winter for the most part imprisoned us inside our homes. Believe me, I look at all those leaves that will soon be on the ground a lot differently now!
At any rate, summer has grown old to me and I look forward to the coming of a new season.