Cornfield Meet

Things collide here.

Summer’s out of reach

Summer just ended. 

School starts Wednesday, so my daughter and I went for a
walk tonight, after the neighborhood kids had all finally gone inside, but
before the sunlight had faded.

There was just enough of a chill in the air to put summer to
bed, even though I’m sure there’s a week or three of warm weather left down the

We stood at the edge of the field across the street and
stared at the contrails of jets glowing pink in the sunset. We listened to the
bugs in the trees and breathed. For a second or two, I tasted the air of every
last night of summer vacation ever and it squeezed at my chest and put a lump
in my throat.

We only saw two lightning bugs, but we did discover a big
spider, high up between two power lines at the end of the road.

By the time we got back to the driveway, the big white light
over the garage was buzzing. It only comes on when it senses night has fallen.

It wasn’t even nine o’clock yet.


August 21, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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