|Painting by Susan Tobin|
This Labor Day weekend, we worked on some house projects (pictures when we are finished, I promise!) and started to plan our vacation in October. I couldn't quite convince my crew that South Carolina is our destination ... it looks like we will be heading to the Florida Panhandle. Perhaps this is the real reason that I cannot let summer go. I'm waiting to celebrate Fall when I come back, relaxed and refreshed for the new school year. I expect our beach to look just like this painting above: empty and quiet, and just for us.
Others will soon see beaches that look like this, because although beaches are often associated with warm weather, truth is that some form the season changes come to almost all beaches.
September seems like the time to let summer fade out. It's okay to keep swimming and playing with the kids in the yard on warm summer evenings, but it's also okay to do some fall decorating, make a few fall soups, bake some fall cookies, and allow the shortening of the days to expand the evenings to include quiet moments gathered in the family room. These are my fall thoughts today ...