When did it happen? You’re never really sure exactly when sometime between the Fourth of July and mid-August, it’s apparent summer is waning like tonight’s moon. The signs are all around us and they’re getting harder to ignore.
Just like those hopeful crocuses signal that Winter is over and life renewing Spring is on its way, when I see the Lariope in my front yard bloom, I know with a heavy heart that Summer will soon be over! And then there’s the candles in the window….
I have battery-operated candles in the windows of the cottage; White candles with light bulb flames, flickering or not, are status quo in Ocean Grove along with flying the American flag. My house is very old and I don’t have the luxury of multiple outlets, so I have these candles which turn themselves on every 16 hours. You set them when you want them to light and then each day at that time the candles go on. Well, what’s been happening lately is that it is getting darker and darker and the candles still haven’t gone on. Apparently we are now losing a full 2 minutes of daylight each day. Time to adjust the candles to go on earlier…and you know what that means :(.
Of course you also can’t go into any store and NOT be assaulted with signs that the first day of school can’t far off. File folders with exotic designs, 3-ring notebooks in a rainbow of colors, hundreds of pens, pencils and highlighters are visible everywhere.
And need a summer dress or a pair of capri’s and you are SOL. It makes me hot just to go into the store and see all the wool and knits and dark colors. I feel like disoriented tourist wearing my orange bermudas and sleeveless tangerine top as I walk around the circular displays of brown, black, gray and loden green outfits!
What signs do you see that tell you summer is over?