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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.












Written by johnwhays

August 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

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  1. I guess I am looking forward to ‘autumn’ in a different way but with a similar mind set: too much of what we have now but beauty intertwined so hard to let go… What a pity you couldn’t be here to enjoy our wealth of sun and us your sassy goodwill determination. I guess it is all about the big picture – perspective. I know how marvelous it is when our perspectives meet! So close at hand really… all in the balance… we really must put our heads together to meet again. Love you!

    Ian Rowcliffe

    August 22, 2016 at 6:55 am

    • Gosh it’s refreshing to hear from you again my friend. Yes! I cling to a vision that we will be together again, somehow at both of our places!


      August 22, 2016 at 8:25 am

  2. What a stunning picture!!

    I love the transition to fall and cooler weather…and the routine school brings with it. And chili, soup, sweaters, football……summer is nice, but I am ready to see (and feel!) the transition to fall. =)

    Liz Shatek

    August 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

    • Full credit for that awesome shot goes to Cyndie, once again! She’s on a roll this week.
      The leaves will be changing soon… Ah, the autumnal smell that promises ahead.


      August 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

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