Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Neverending Summer

Labor Day dawned cold and chilly. The poison oak and some of the maples had begun to turn color and the breeze carried with it the brittle sound of dry leaves. Where had summer gone? I moped around for a few days lamenting the fact that I didn't ride as much as I wanted, I didn't swim as much as I had wanted, I didn't, I didn't, I didn't. One of my blogger friends even had a post listing all of the things she didn't get to do this summer and I totally understood. Somehow I felt that I just hadn't gotten my monies worth of summer.

It is funny how weather oriented I can be. Recently it was again quite warm. It again felt like summer and I had friends out and we had a nice horse ride,

even stopping to tie up the horses so we could go for a swim.It felt like summer. The time spread about before us uninterrupted with work or bad weather. It was lovely. I was revisting summer or perhaps at least becoming reaquainted. But of course, summer never really went anywhere.

I then realized my idea of summer is just a state of mind. And what comes to my mind is childhood summers where time seemed to stretch out endlessly like the grains of sand on the beach; no big worries, and no tests. Even the clothes of summer were unencumbered. And I am beginning to now realize that if I take the time, moment by moment, to open my eyes and my heart with gratitude I find that feeling of timelessness settle upon me again.

"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others"-Cicero

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin


  1. I know exactly what you mean, I love this post, very deep.

  2. Well said, summer IS a state of mind.

    I also loved the quote about gratitude. I believe that is true.

  3. You're right about summer when you're young. It seems to last forever. I think as we get older and we 'collect' experiences, then any period of time 'seems' smaller by comparison. We often talk about time passing by faster and faster as you get older. I think that is the reason why. To a baby, a day is a long time because he/she doesn't have much to compare it to. At my age, a day seems like only an hour - it goes by so fast.

    Great, reflective post and nice pictures.


  4. I think I live in a summer state of mind most of the time. :) I do love the last days of summer though. I love the kids to go back to school. And summers did seem to last a lot longer when I was a kid.


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