Saturday, September 10, 2011

December boys

It's a clash of seasons, backpacks dominating when swimsuits are clearly needed. I should feel sorry for the youth marching off to the vaults of learning, the heavy iron door clanging shut behind them as they gather around one grimy window in the corner of the room, watching ghosts of summer drift across the playground. I should feel sorry for them, but the sudden stillness is exquisite.

When the mercury flirts with 30 at this time of year, at this alignment of earth and sun, here in the high-plains desert, it does so for an hour, two hours, before scrambling back down to nighttime chill. The daily rise and fall of mercury is ... mercurial. I can happily accept two hours of +30 when I need a sweater each night.

Even the wasps who join us for our daily al fresco meal seem to be merely reminding us of their status. Their dives at the meat are cursory, lacking in intent and malice. We have a shaky truce with the striped hordes.

All too soon, the summer blossoms will shed their remaining bruised petals, the daily handfuls of ripe cherry tomatoes will be gone from the single triumphant plant that towers over the flower bed, the rain of yellow leaves will begin in earnest. But for now, I am grateful for the confusion of seasons.

8 comments:

John Mutford said...

You feel sorry for the students? What about the teachers?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

John: I guess at this time of year I revert to my childhood beliefs that teachers actually live at the school and during summer their batteries are removed and they are put into storage. Roboteacher!

mister anchovy said...

I love September in the west, especially in the mountains, with clear skies, warm afternoons and frosty nights.

LesleyG said...

The warm days and cool nights might just be the actual best. Love 'em.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The weather is glorious here in September, Mr Anchovy, but I still miss the vibrant colours of Ontario.

It's a winning combination, Lesley. Life could always be like that.

Allison said...

I have a feeling our summer days are disappearing quickly. Rain is in the forecast for later this week. Sad to see it come so early. If only it could be 20 degrees all year round.

Dr. Monkey Hussein Monkerstein said...

This post is the best thing you've ever written. It's brilliant.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

20 year round would be heavenly, Al! Shortly after I posted this, we had a strong north wind bring an abrupt end to summer. Cloudy and cold ever since.

Wow, thank you, Dr M! How kind of you! It was fun to write. I think laughing at the kids inspired me.