Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Selective memory

Well, here we are, nearly at the end of August and I have no idea where Summer went.  It seemed to start without as much as a courteous knock on the door in March (was there ever a Spring?) and then blazed ahead with relentless heat and humidity for what seemed like hundreds of days. 

What heaven to sleep with the window open last night, rain gently tapping the window sills along the air shaft, lulling me to dream of green grass and fresh's only been a couple of days of cooler weather, but how quick and easy it is to forget the sweaty misery that's defined Summer 2010.

As Eric Weiss so aptly put it, "How we capture the last rays of the summer and put it in a jar and look back at it in October or November on a slate gray day and think... Summer was 100 years ago..."

A month from now, we will only remember those moments of pleasure.

Hudson River at Saugerties


  1. This summer seems to have zipped by like no other. I haven't done those usual summer things that I do at least once, like go to Coney Island... a Yankees game... Yet, I think back on a few things that happened, like the month-long World Cup and all those soccer fans in the neighborhood, and it seems like 10 years ago...

  2. Hi Goggla,

    Yeah, that was a quick, brutal summer. I seemed to spend most of it indoors - hot weather can be as limiting as cold - actually, maybe it's the Canadian in me, but I'll take cold anytime over what we had just now.

    But, it ain't over yet . . . temperature due to go up into the 80's, maybe high 80's later this week. At least it cools down at night.


  3. I know what you mean. The World Cup seems like ages ago...

    I have no tolerance for humidity - it turns me into a grumpy slug - so I kept waiting and waiting for the 'real' summer weather to arrive so I could enjoy it. It didn't even dawn on me that that WAS summer. Sigh.

  4. I usually thrill at the end of summer, it being a repeatedly tough time for me BUT this summer I wanted an extra month with a day like today - perfect - and no work or phone calls from unpleasant people. Just days of lolling around and remembering who I am.

  5. As I always say, fun flies when you're having time. Great photo! At least Coney Island is open on the weekends till October, I have to get out there before the season is over.

  6. With the lovely cooler weather--I felt better but my tan faded. Now it's back to Summer again after a few days that felt like Fall. Tan is back and I am pleased.