Under the August moon, the katydids and cicadas are trilling in the trees. The days grow shorter, and the light slants through the green leaves. Summer is not over yet, but the freshness of June has ripened, mellowed into a richness of time. If ever a moment felt ripe like a fruit, it is now. Farmers' markets are filled with abundance. Home gardeners are harvesting tomatoes and zucchinis.
The days, counted in day lilies, are fading. But moonflowers and sunflowers are at their height. Pods are ripening on the milkweeds. The first cool breeze in the evening feels like a prelude to fall. Can you feel it?
In the aisles at Walgreens, the seasons are changing. The summer aisle stands beside the aisles filled with new school supplies. There are pens and folders and notebooks. There are all kinds of accessories for electronic devices. Ice cream is on sale.
The fashion magazines and catalogs have been forecasting fall for months already. Pre-season sales have begun. Are you thinking of sweaters and new boots? Is winter on your mind?
Before we wave goodbye to summer and begin the back-to-school routine, let's stop and savor this time. That's what I'm telling myself, today, as I stand between the notebooks and the ice cream.
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