*Don't worry this is not a post about the end times... I won't be talking about hell fire and brim stone, though bonfires and charcoal may be discussed*
It is that time of year again. The time of year when the sky is thick and heavy, laden with heat. Each day the sun sets in exhaustion the weight of long, drawn out afternoons fading into night, dragging the heavens eye lids down in slow, shimmering, sunsets.
We breath easy here, we remember a simpler time when we didn’t have a care in the world... a time when Summer meant freedom and feeling infinite. Summer holds nostalgia, memories of barbecues, bonfires, and beach days.* And my heart aches, a beautiful ache, when it feels Summers sweet breath quietly slowing, giving way to Falls cool, crisped embrace.
As children we learn that life is centered around the changing of seasons, as my mother liked to remind me “everything changes, nothing lasts forever, you can’t stop the seasons.”... or something like that. As children we would play in the water, build sand castles, and chase fireflies, until we couldn’t any more. We would lay in the hot sand, our tiny bodies brown and warm, baked in the late Summer sun. We would eat ice cream, grill burgers and devour corn on the cob. And we would hope against hope, that Fall wouldn’t catch us (if we only run fast enough).
No longer children, the changing of the seasons seems to affect us less. We report to our jobs, we take our vacations, we hum in the flow of the day to day. But what if we were to pause. To step outside of our routines. To breath in the hot air, feel the sun on our skin, smell dinner cooking on the barbecue, hear the laughter of friends gathered by the fire, and watch the sun slowly sink, yawning into the horizon. What if we remembered what it was like to dream, to run, to hope against hope that Summer would last forever...
*is it me or do all the best things about Summer start with a ‘B’, I have never given it a thought until today... but I think I may be onto something.
Photos from the Jersey Shore! No shit... I took them myself last week.