There’s something about August. Especially late August. The air is cooler and dryer. The sun sets a little earlier. Gardens are being harvested. Summer vacations are drawing to a close. Kids are returning home from camps. Fair season has begun. Back to school is lurking around the corner. Even though there are still many warm days ahead, there is also a sudden feeling that the first small step into autumn was taken.
There is something about August. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Yet, this something is a pleasant sort of something. Maybe you don’t feel the same and that’s fine. Every month has it’s own particular vibe and things we associate with a given month. You know, like back to school in September, pumpkins and Halloween in October, special holidays in December and so on throughout the year.
For me, there is still something about August beyond all that I’ve mentioned so far. Maybe it’s a metaphysical thing. When there is no other concrete explanation, we can always attribute things to the planets being out of alignment, eclipses, solar flares, meteor showers, the aurora borealis. Pick one. My personal preference is whatever my imagination conjures up on any given day. So, as I write this, let’s go with the fact that August and Autumn have the same first, second and fourth letters. What can I conclude from that? Perhaps, the best of August merges with the best of Autumn to create a unique vibe in the air. Okay. That’s kind of out there. Sorry, that’s all I’ve got.
If you are like me, I always want to understand how and why things happen or are the way they are. Perhaps we don’t always need to know. Perhaps it is enough to simply accept, enjoy and appreciate what is.
Just one more thing. I came across this unusual day in August. If you’ve had any encounters with zucchini you will appreciate this. August 8 is National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day. Personally, I would designate all of August as Make Zucchini Disappear month.*
*Up Not Down On The Farm recounts my foray through horticultural hell staving off a zucchini onslaught.
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