UNFORTUNATELY, WE have to say goodbye to July 2012 now. I've never been terribly fond of goodbyes and this one has its own brand of sadness. It's like driving down a beautiful country road. You've been enjoying the fresh scenery for many days but just up ahead is a mandatory turn. What lies beyond is probably more of the same but it will be drier and a bit crispy. And what else? You're really not sure. The only way to find out is to forge ahead and as much as you'd like to put the breaks on right here, assemble your tent and stay for the long haul, you can't.
We've officially turned toward the downside of summer. This might be why the end of July can cause me a bit of melancholy. I like summer, especially when the weather is mild like it's been this year. I like being outside and feeling the sun on my shoulders and watching my plants grow and listening to birds sing. The fact that there is another turn up ahead that leads to unfriendly, indoor weather, the imminent dormancy of my plants and the muting of birds makes me sad.
Saying hello to August is the upside of the goodbye to July. It's a decent replacement, but not a perfect one. The sun will begin to rise a tiny bit later and creep ever so subtly southward. The Grocery stores and farmers' market shelves will replace my beloved Bing cherries with something else that will undoubtedly be tasty but won't be my Bing cherries. Boo hoo. Life is tough, right?
This got me to thinking. What's your favorite thing about July? Is it picking flowers from your garden? Eating fresh produce? Vacationing at the beach? A new season of Big Brother? What do you like most about the month of July? And you don't have to be serious. :)