it's august. mid august.
whoa, what the heck happened?
back in february i was ready for this weather,
late sunsets, sand between my toes, the smell of sunblock,
bbq's and drinks with friends, long lakefront bike rides,
farmer's market trips, the dog beach, s'mores and popsicles.
but it has all passed by too quickly.
before i know it snowmageddon will be hitting chicago for an encore performance.
it'll be back to emu boots and north face parkas,
sniffly noses, hot chocolate with marshmallows, warm mittens,
tightly wrapped snuggies, the aroma of vicks vapor rub wafting through my home.
i love the summers here,
even if it feels like i'm a loaf of unleavened bread in a proof box.
so yet again this summer i made an irreversible excuse,
one to skimp on my resistance date at the gym.
instead i took my squishy hairballs to the dog park.
we laid on the concrete baking our flesh in the summer sun,
letting the breeze blow through our hair and the sweat drip down our brow,
enjoying the warmth of the sun while it is still in existence around this part of the globe.
my mind isn't even close to ready to entertain the thought of winter yet.
fall i can handle,
the vibrant orange and rich gold leaves, spiced cider,
starbucks pumpkin spiced lattes, honeycrisp apples,
hay rides, squash, caramel corn, cozy nights.
please summer i beg of you please just linger around this neck of the woods for a bit longer.