In a few days it will be the unofficial end of my favorite season of the year.
I can feel the tug, pull, slip of summer as it starts to let go, like a tiny hand that makes its way to the school bus, or the leaves on a big tall oak. Sure as I stand here, this season of sand and sunshine is ending.
Yet I like to think that I keep a lot of that sunshine in my heart all year long.
I am never really ready for the air to change and the night to come a whole lot earlier.
I am never really ready to let go, but sometimes in the middle of a cold, dark winter night when I’m wrapped in a blanket I remember how my toes felt in the pool and I am hopeful for the next day, the next season, the next lesson that will bring the sunshine back to me.
I smile, because I know that summer will be back, that I never really live without it inside of me.
(For the record, my family will be on vacation all next week, enjoying the beaches of New Jersey and soaking in every last ray of sunshine before we come back and ready ourselves for autumn. )
How about you? Do you keep SUMMER in your heart all year long?