“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”❋
Ohmigosh! It’s the last (full) weekend of summer already! The weather was perfection for September in these parts — hot, sunny and not a drop of rain. An Ontario summer is hard-fought-for and hard-earned. It plays hard to get until it doesn’t. How was your summer and did you do everything you’d planned way back in the springtime? I know summer officially ends next Saturday, but I’m celebrating Summer 2018 a little early and, as LMM so beautifully wrote, it was a never to be forgotten summer for me.
When I was a kid, summer meant, simply, time away from the classroom and it always felt to me that it stretched out far beyond those actual two months. Days were long; bedtime was merely a concept, no longer a rule. I’d wake up with the sun each day and spend the entirety of it outdoors. My days were an oh-so-happy mixture of bike rides, library visits, swimming lessons, bible study classes, trips to Thorold to visit Auntie Millie, Uncle Bob, Wayne and Debbie, butterfly catching, hay fort building, ice cream truck treats, and time at the cottage on Lake Simcoe.
Summer 2018 was all photography, all the time and I’m jumping-out-of-my-skin excited about it! Unlike childhood, my summer seemed to shrink and the days felt shorter than ever — flying by as they did. There were so many delightful rural rambles to capture the wide array of photos demanded of us by our professor: Visiting woods, marshes, shores, rivers, farms, small towns and big cities shooting wildlife, bridges, buildings, agriculture, farm animals, boats, trains, trucks, cars, bikes, skies, water, glass and so much more. I was pushed and stretched in so many different directions and I loved it.
Learning to trust my creativity was a tough lesson but ultimately, hugely rewarding; it gave me the gift of pure enjoyment, satisfaction and amazement; the result of observing the natural unfolding of life all around me. I’ve never been sufficiently enlightened (or motivated?) to adapt my thinking, my viewpoint, to appreciate what’s just beyond my tiny life but this course has given me a perspective far beyond my ordinary way of looking at the world. I will forever be grateful for being chosen for this class, for the wisdom shared by the educators and for the panorama of opportunity and possibility they have spread before me.
As Summer 2018 draws to a close I confess that I’m already lamenting its passing, but… Here’s my universal remedy for all end-of-summer blues: P.S. — Pumpkin spice everything; candles, soap, lattes, muffins, cakes, cookies and — only if you dare — Pumpkin Spice Iced Cap! Positively orgasmic. Trust! Dear, sweet Mother Nature, please don’t take away our beautiful Ontario summer just yet, but if you’re so inclined, thank you for leaving us with your soothing P.S.
‘Til next time, y’all…
❋ [L.M. Montgomery]