The changes are slow but seem all too fast.
The (practicing) yellow school buses rolling out down lanes lined with yellow tinged leaves on the trees. Couples walking dogs while donning light jackets or sweaters. The cool night air and reappearance of the moon and stars after a three-month hiatus. Crisp clear mornings as you breathe out with an almost visible breath. Honking geese flood the skies and the sandhill cranes stock the grounds at Creamer’s Field. Reports of snow on not-so-distant hills. We check the lows for the overnight temperature to see if it really is time to pull the last of the garden produce or bring in the hanging baskets.
We experienced record rains this summer, with resulting numerous rainbows, discussions of opening the Chena Lakes Flood Control dam, and preempted many canoe trips down the extremely high river.
Thankfully, some things do not change. We can count on the seasons, the sunrise, moon and stars, and the beauty of the seasons. This year, it seems the leaves are hanging on just a little bit longer. Many more people are out and about enjoying the sun and warmth it provides. Perhaps it all has to do with slowing down to notice? I’m not sure, but the things we have taken for granted have definitely come to the forefront.