Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Melancholy Baby




I came home a short while ago from walking Max.

Could somebody please tell me how for the past several weeks, we were experiencing heat waves; even at 10, 11 and 12 at night, the air was so thick, you could (barely) cut it with a knife, yet tonight, I could've stood to wear a jacket, could have worn closed shoes.

I just know it -- fall is in the air. The fresh coolness of the evening tells me so...and in a couple more weeks, the coolness of the mornings will echo that message.

Don't get me wrong...I love this type of weather I just got a sense of while out on the walk. Give me fresh, give me a light breeze, give me slightly cool and I'll be a kept woman. But this weather makes me melancholy in thinking that summer is nearing its end, school is soon starting, and the cycle continues...

Where did those summer days go? Where were all the plans we had for family outings? Why did they not happen? Where is all the time I'd planned to spend to help review math with my daughter and speech with my son? Where did all our good intentions fly to?

So fall is just around the corner, people. I guess I'd better dig out the Welcome mat for when it formally arrives. I'd just much rather prefer to put out a sign saying, Gone Fishing. Closed for the Season.

Summer, and every season, signifies beginnings and endings...and that probably lends itself to my sense of melancholy.

As a child, to me summer seemed endless, but as an adult, it flies by. Am I the only one who thinks this way? Who prefers to keep autumn from showing its face and would rather keep making summer memories for a much longer period of time?

7 comments:

Mia said...

Funny that you are writing about it, we just discussed it last night. Back in Hungary it feels like the summer is gone and Winter is soon here. We still have nice warm (but not hot) temperatures, its sunny most of the days but somehow fall is in the air and it feels like snow is just around the corner.

I am glad the heat waves are over but I don´t want it to be fall already! I wanna continue wearing shorts and sandals (couldn´t do that since we are back!) I wanna keep having dinner outdoors and most of all, I don´t want RAIN, it rains a lot in the fall and I dislike rain most of the times (I also love it sometimes).

Ok, I almost wrote a post in your comment section, so I will stop here :D

Elie said...

The Gemara asks why Sukkos is in the fall when it should really, historically, be in the spring. Besides the answer the gemara gives, I always felt that it was placed in the early fall to cheer us up for the summer ending!

When summer ends, I'll miss not having to do homework with the kids, but I won't miss the hot weather. It's been unbearable the past couple weeks. I'd relish a day in the 60s or even the 50s right about now.

cruisin-mom said...

I'm ready for an end to summer...I love fall, Halloween, moving into Thanksgiving, hanukah, new year...oy, I'm rushing!

Sweettooth120 said...

I hear you. I just can't believe how time seems to fly by each year. Well there is always next summer.

Sweettooth120 said...

Cruisin Mom - sorry, can't feel sorry for you. Your fall is still like our summer or late Spring. Now that I think about it, so is your Winter and your Spring. : )

Would you care to switch places in January? Nothing like a bitter cold winter to wake up a Southern California Girl.

Tamar said...

I know what you mean about changing seasons and that melancholy feeling. However, I think I feel it the strongest between summer and fall. I sometimes think it is because I have always been in the education profession and it symbolizes really going back to work ... but, in fact, I think it also has something to do with living and dying because summer to eventual winter, in nature, is a sort of mini-death ... going to sleep for awhile.

cruisin-mom said...

S.T.: ooooooo, you can be so cruel! No way would I switch places with you in January :)