I see signs, not those signs. I see and hear true believers espousing the nearness of the apocalypse; wars, and rumors of wars, national disasters, the anti-Christ, prayers for the rapture. Those are not the signs of which I speak…mainly because doomsayers have been warning us since the book of Revelations was written, I guess. The doomsaying is probably warranted but I have hope and believe humanity will come to its senses before we self-destruct. Regardless, the Earth will continue to make its trips around the Sun whether we are around to enjoy the change in seasons or not.
No, not those signs but signs of changes none-the-less. Here in the South, it is hotter than forty hells even in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. Not the pressure cooker heat of the lower Southern states but plenty hot for me. The heat will continue for the foreseeable future if the weather gurus are to be believed.
Still, the signs of fall are upon me. Years ago, I promised I would never protest the heat due to a particularly cold baseball season and my depression which intensifies as the days shorten. This summer is taxing my promise, but I realized yesterday, the signs are everywhere. The days are shortening, and dark days of winter will be too soon be upon me.
First, there will be Autumn, maybe a whole two hours of it…but there will be Autumn.
Many years ago, I noted the change when football practice and school began. Since my retirement, I monitor the changes in more subtle ways. The writing spiders spinning their webs, vees of geese flying south, a pair of wood ducks I haven’t seen since spring, bees and butterflies working the remaining blooms as if their very lives depend on it…or upcoming generations lives. Damn the yellow jackets, the little bastards are working too.
My wild birds have returned to the feeders from the mid-summer break as they fed their young juicy bugs and worms instead of my sunflower seeds. New birds, small and quick, are flitting hither and yon. There seems to be a bumper crop of gold and purple finches. A new generation to enjoy our symbiotic relationship…my viewing enjoyment for their food. Despite the cost of sunflower seed, it seems to be a fair trade.
The turkeys are on the move too. Hens followed by Jakes and Jennies and even smaller poults are passing through my backyard. I didn’t see a Tom but there must be one somewhere…although I didn’t get much of a chance to see. Despite Mr. Carlson thoughts on WKRP, “Turkeys can fly”…at least wild ones.
I stepped outside last night to partake of one last puff on my cigar…the one I have been nursing all day. The air was filled with the smell of citronella from the torches I burn to keep the mosquitoes at bay. I watched the smoke dissipate into the freshening breeze…a breeze that seemed different than the humidity filled breezes from earlier in the day. There was a hint of fall in it, just an underlying current of cool. The best sign of all despite my wish not to wish my life away. Pumpkin pie and ripening persimmons are just around the corner.
If interested, more of Don Miller’s wanderings can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Don-Miller/e/B018IT38GM
The image of geese at sunset is from https://blog.theclymb.com/tips/signs-autumn-northwest-enjoy/
All photographs were legally lifted from Pexels.com.