Sunday, September 23, 2012

Celebrating the Autumnal Equinox

One could look upon the autumnal equinox 
as the one day in the year when time and space are in perfect, if fleeting, balance.
The autumnal equinox brings us equal measures of day and night
although the difference isn't evident as we go about our weekend plans.

And it is this time of year that makes so many people feel energetic 
and even blissful about the things they are up to.
In the last couple of days, 
I've heard a half-dozen people remark about how glad they are
cooler weather is about to prevail.
Of course, I'm not one of them; so I don't even pretend to agree.
I just smile and say, "Really?"

But I do understand the ebullience someone feels 
when the wheel of time finally rotates back around to their favorite season. 
For many people, the Summer of 2012 
has been memorable for all the wrong reasons:
desperately dry, oppressively humid, and devilishly hot.
In fact, records were set for drought conditions across the United States.
Yet not here in Tidewater,
where we nearly floated away on the rains of August.
But almost everywhere,
the summer brought withering hot temperatures that easily turned this:

Into this:

It can only get better from here.

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