Summer slipping awayAugust 16, 2009
My birthday tends to mark the end of summer. The official end is a few days later, but the last of the good weather usually happens around my day of birth.
(It’s the big 2-8 this year.)
In some ways, I feel like I’ve wasted my summer. I’m in the same position as I was when I moved into this place in late March – Same relations (or lack thereof), same job, and same place on the food chain.
That sounds negative, but considering the stream of bad news that seems to have been dealt my way, maybe coming out even on the other side ain’t so bad?
My health concerns have dissipated, the kittens have gone to loving homes, firings have *hopefully* concluded at work, and I have been able to live vicariously through the people around me.
One unlikely friend has a new home, a new job and a new companion. While they are all his gains, sometimes it’s nice to watch it all come together, from the inside.
Other friends are easing deeper into relationships, or starting over altogether. This has been a summer where I’ve been watching it all happen around me, yet I remain still. And relaxed.
For all of those friends whose lives have been “summer”saulting in all directions, I can only hope that for this last month before the autumn rains roll in, I can be there for you.
In a month I take my first vacation days this year. Can I afford a whirlwind trip to Toronto and New York? Nope. But sometimes you just have to do it and figure it out later.
About a month ago, a psychic told me everything will change in September – that my life will do a 180. Maybe this trip will offer everything I never knew I needed in my life. Maybe it’s good that I’ve had such a nice, relaxing summer. In the past I’ve joked about having the “Summer of Erin”. But maybe this year will be the “Fall of Erin”. Oh wait, that doesn’t sound good at all.
In the meantime, here’s an end of summer playlist – ten songs that will be easing me into the fall.
1. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra
2. I Thought I Saw Your Face Today – She & Him
3. You are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
4. Bye Bye Bye – Plants and Animals
5. Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
6. Bang Bang You’re Dead – Dirty Pretty Things
7. Us – Regina Spektor
8. Me and Mia – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
9. The Miracle That Never Came – Straylight Run
10. Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann