Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer's End?

When does summer end?

In our local school district's eyes, summer break concluded the first week of August. For kids around here, summer is by now a distant memory. But, according to the seasonal calendar, summer officially continues for several more weeks.

In my mind, summer ends with Labor Day. That's the seasonal gear shift. Perhaps this marker carries over from my childhood, when school ended with Memorial Day and convened after Labor Day.

So, as much as possible, I try to stay in a summer state of mind until after Labor Day. I keep a deliberate pace, a lighter schedule, and a recreational outlook. Often, these intentions get sabotaged by urgent deadlines or projects, but not too easily.

It's not that I dread fall--autumn is my favorite time of the year. It's that I imagine the fullness of summer is good for the sake of our soul's health.

Let's not rush on. Linger with the day until its end. Savor its blessings. Consider its lessons. Release its conflicts. Then, having rested, welcome the new day and a new season with a larger, grateful heart.


  1. Claude Monet.

    Wheatstacks (end of summer).

    I know because I believe I actually saw this in person- possibly at the Art Institute in Chicago, or the British National Museum of Art in London. I can't remember. How are you, John?

  2. Really - identifying this piece was way too easy.

  3. I've always thought it was "Haystacks," and hope it actually is, wanting to relate it to my last name... I like the piece because it's set in late summer, not autumn. All is still green. You're right, Liza, it's on display in Chicago. It was painted during the impressionist's years in Giverny.


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