Fall Fan or Summer Stretcher?
How do you feel about this quote from George Eliot, who had a lovely take on the approach of autumn?
Although the first day of autumn doesn’t occur for a few more weeks, mentally the arrival of September 1 feels like the death knell of summer. Do you treasure the arrival of autumn or regret the passage of summer? Will you attempt to squeeze a few more bare shouldered activities into the decreasing hours of sunlight or will you greet the darkening skies with thoughts of eagerly anticipated hibernation?
Whatever your perspective, there seems to be a change in attitude come this time of year, and it doesn’t only have to do with cooling temperatures and less daylight hours. It harks back to our days of childhood when carefree summer days came to an end and one had to turn all serious again with the commencement of another school year. This feeling stays with us well into adulthood as we buckle down at work and get back on track with tasks that might have stuttered during the hot days of the previous months.
But don’t give up yet on these last three weeks of last-gasp summertime—give them all you’ve got, and appreciate the warm rays of the sun on your bare skin.