August has never been my favorite month. Heat and humidity hang heavy in the air. I feel better when temperatures are cooler. When I was teaching, the beginning of a new school year while full of promise and a fresh start also meant the end of summer's more relaxed days. The first few weeks brought large group meetings under florescent lights and long hours in order to get off to a good start. Even though I am retired, August days bring a certain restlessness. This year Covid anxiety returns to hum in the background. When the media writes about the unvaccinated, they almost forget about the youngsters. I hope the vaccine is approved for children 12 and under soon.
All of this and my 2021 word, season, prompts me to season these days instead of wishing them away. Here's my list of summer seasonings.
- Gather sweet-peas, black-eyed susans into my favorite August bouquet
- Slow simmer tomatoes into sauce
- Spin slow yarn
- Wander past the bright zinnas
- Walk the flower route on my walk
- Steep ginger tea in ice and boiling water.
- Catch the beads of condensation running down the glass of ginger tea
- Refresh with the clink of ice in a glass
- Breathe in the warm humid air with scent of tomato, grass, and dirt
- Watch dappled sunlight play in the birch
- Marvel at the tree root shaped like bones of a hand.
- Harvest the buzz of insects, the bonk of a fly against the window
- Listen for the evening throb of cicadas and chirp of crickets
- Savor the sunset as dusk falls across the neighborhood.
How are you seasoning these August Days?