Monday, September 11, 2006

Seasonal Changes

I can tell that fall is here - and even if it isn't here chronologically, the transition's in the air, reflected by the fact that:
  • - It's time to deflate the kiddie pool, although we're not ready for the flannel sheets
  • - Geese are in the air and overnighting in the wheat stubble behind the house, though hummingbirds are still at our feeders
  • - School has started (along with the first school-bourne virus - after just four days of classes!), though neither the MEAPs nor the first field trips are here yet
  • - Ragweed is pollinating, and I wouldn't mind losing the rest of my basil if the first killing frost just gets rid of the ragweed
That night was the turning-point in the season. We had gone to bed in summer, and we awoke in autumn; for summer passes into autumn in some imaginable point of time, like the turning of a leaf.
~ Henry David Thoreau, from A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), p. 356.


rebel said...

what's MEAP?

fall is definitely arriving in Wisconsin...

Sandy said...

The awful state standardized tests...Michigan Educational Assessment somethings. They take up weeks of school every October. More, actually, because the all start preparing for them in September.