When leaving for Israel before Labor Day, I told myself, "Self, when you get back, it will be fall." It was meant to be motivating, but part of me felt it was also maybe delusional. Summer doesn't usually give up the ghost so quickly: heat and humidity tend to linger late into September around these parts.
But upon my return I found cool mornings and cooler evenings, a new need for layers, the first crop of leaves on the ground. And this week the calendar made it official - fall is here.
I'd bid a fond farewell to summer, except...I wasn't fond of it. At all. Admittedly, it's never been my favorite season, but this year it seemed extra difficult. It wasn't the weather that hurt, but my heart, and MAN. It was such an awfully hard slog through.
Maybe it's hubris to assume that emotional season will be left behind just because we've crossed the autumn equinox, but I'm going to hope against hope anyways. And look back on the parts of summer that made me smile, the parts so worth the remembering. Here is the highlights reel:
1 - Jury Duty: an unlikely joy ride; 2 - June's run of Improv shows; 3 - treasure-hunting in Central Park;
4 - Boston fun; 5 - the musical genius of Mr. Joe Purdy; 6 - sketch-writing & performing;
13 - life-long learning; 14 - evening on the High Line; 15 - getting inspired by Moonrise Kingdom;
16 - a sweet wedding dinner for friends; 17 - soaking up the Olympic pageantry; 18 - Closer Than Ever
*Don't even try to pretend you don't love him.