This last week here in Minneapolis has been notably chillier and I’m forced to face up to the coming of fall. Don’t get me wrong, I love hot tea, cool weather runs, colorful leaves, scarves and bonfires as much as the next person, but it is always difficult to bid farewell to all those summer things that bring so much life and joy to our home. A few are captured in pictures like the ones above, and many others we tuck in our minds’ memory so that next summer they are familiar tastes, familiar loves, familiar routines.
In these days, my mind is present to each moment as it may be our last dip in the water, or last bowlful of sweet raspberries. Our days of hanging diapers on the line, eating pesto sandwhiches and playing barefoot in the dirt are numbered. The whir of the dehydrator and the smell of all the pickling will soon fade. You can see it in the way that the bees search for a fading nectar supply. They will soon cluster on in the hive, as we do, too, I suppose. The kale chips and snacking tomatoes are replaced with a constant supply of soups, curries and warm baked squashes. We will no longer haul crates full of garden produce from outside, and will instead tuck pint jars of preserved goodness in the laundry baskets we bring up from the basement. Oh summer, you will be missed!
What are your favorite summer moments, activities, smells?