When we reach this time of the year, the hot humid days of summer, I begin to think of fall. Of leaves beginning to fall willy-nilly from the trees.
Errant halfhearted breezes begin to break up the daytime heat, until finally at night we reach for a blanket or quilt.
The flowers slow down their growing and blooming. Annuals dry up and disappear. And perennials will close up shop but merely go underground to bloom another day.
Suddenly my two container trees will lose all their leaves, standing stark against the wood fence.
Pumpkins appear in the supermarkets, and somehow that leads me to think of caramel apples. I do love a crisp and slightly sour Granny Smith apple dipped in warm caramel.
The days shorten. Mother Nature leads summer out while at the same time escorting fall in.
She will dance upon the brittle leaves and tell us a new season is knocking at the door, but remind us that spring will be back before we know it.
Remembering John Lewis:
Georgia Congressman John Lewis, civil rights icon, died of cancer on Friday. He was 80.
Of all the ways that John Lewis influenced American life and politics, his indelible impact on young people may be among the most enduring. From student activist to elder statesman, Lewis continually encouraged the nation’s youth to start “good trouble” — and modeled just how to do that. – Tulsa World, July 20, 2020