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Same Change

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Things are constantly changing, but what strikes me about the feeling I get in the month of August is how familiar it is. The transition from summer to autumn is always bittersweet for me. Fall is my favorite time of year. It is one of the reasons Cyndie and I chose September for our wedding. But who wants summer to end?

It is the same change every year. In what seems like a blink of days, I find myself in darkness as I leave the house for work in the morning. The days are getting shorter. “Sweet corn ahead” signs dot the scenery of my commute, as roadside stands sprout up every other mile.

IMG_iP1599eCHCounty fairs wind down as the big state fair hype revs up. The word “school” pops up with uncomfortable frequency.

Hot humid days lead to thick foggy mornings.

I love it, and I hate it. I appreciate the change, but I don’t want it to happen. I want fall to arrive, but I don’t want summer to end.

The familiar feeling of this change is the same every year. Is it possible to adjust my perception, to settle so completely into the moment that all these recognizable indicators of change don’t come across as such?

It’s just the 19th day of August. It is now. Today.

With a very familiar feeling.

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Written by johnwhays

August 19, 2016 at 7:46 am