The summer of 2008 has been one of exaggerated superlatives. Depending on whom you’re talking to, it’s been the hottest, muggiest, dampest, greenest, lushest, dreariest, wettest, windiest, best, worst summer in years. For me, I’d say it’s been a combination of all the above.
You can see summer begin to steal away in the different slant of light at sunrise and set. The predictable late summer wildflowers already dot the countryside with bursts of color: the mustard yellow of goldenrod and the delicate lavenders of wild asters. The Queen Ann’s Lace is at its best and most of the chicory has come and gone. The cicadas sing on sunny days and crickets chirp at night. And yes, small apples are beginning to form and grow in local orchards and gardens.
It’s been an oxymoronic summer for me, one of restless content, filled with wonderful surprises and keen disappointment. My family is all well and thriving, and for that I am very grateful. My older daughter has had many unexpected leads on jobs in her field of study (Environmental Science). My younger daughter and her little family just purchased their first home and it’s been such a joy to watch their excitement.
Dreams–and perhaps overzealous expectations–of living in our own house by summer’s end appear to have been dashed. My aunt, bless her heart, stubbornly refuses to agree to let anyone live in her home, vacant now for over a year, because through the dark veil of Alzhemier’s, she still sees herself returning to it. That matter will resolve itself as time goes on, but having lived in this apartment for 10 years now, I had so hoped to be living in and caring for her house by now. We still assume the responsibility for its care, but that now seems a dreaded chore.
And it’s been a summer plagued with financial woes, but I won’t go into that, and that’s Life, I guess. I’m thinking of setting up a small website where I can showcase some of my photography and perhaps make a few dollars in the process. You’ll all get an invite if/when I do. :)
How time slips away! It seems only weeks ago that we were all so excited over those first emerging leaf buds and the initial splashes of color in our spring flowerbeds! Can you believe that in two or three short weeks, summer will pretty much be gone?
For the most part, it’s been a summer of many blessings and I’m grateful for the things that really matter. And for all my griping, it has been a stupendous year for gardening. If, as Emerson said, “Earth laughs in flowers,” then she must be positively giddy this summer.
How about you? In a word or two, how would you rate the summer of 2008?