This would be the 8th season of COVID but most people didn’t pay attention as news of something weird going on leaked out of China during the winter of 2019-2020 so instead we celebrate the first day of Fall here as the first day of COVID Season 7 also. Exciting! COVID is so glad to still be occupying most of the hospital beds in America while our minds turn to Halloween candy and Thanksgiving turkey.
It’s a crisp start to the season here as the temperature is about fifteen cooler today than it has been and we will dip into the 40’s tonight for the first time in months. Brrrr? Nah.
For the past few years, I have been busy with marching band each summer and fall but this year I am not but the “slowdown” in time I expected has not materialized. The weeks seem to fly by even faster now because I have nothing to dread. Maybe dread slows time? I dreaded nights and days dealing with loading and unloading the truck and moving instruments and assembling props. Now I do a lot more sitting in front of the television and time is just flying by. Summer is over? It’s September 22nd? How did this happen?
Fall brings with it so many things. We can drink pumpkin drinks without shame. Potpourri suddenly smells good. Cracking open a window on a 50 degree morning is refreshing. There is a shift in what I want to create back toward words on a page (virtual, preferably) for some reason.
The clouds move across the sun creating all sorts of different light as the days get shorter and my mind goes back to the line Nora Ephron wrote about fall in You’ve Got Mail:
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”Nora Ephron