I smell the freshness and coolness in the air in the early morning as my dogs make their first run outside. The earth smells differently than it does in the heat of summer. Plants are beginning to change, getting ready to move back into themselves, away from the huge explosion of growth through late spring and summer.
I try to embrace every season, but it is hard to keep my thoughts away from school, from cooler darker days. I work at a college and it is always a joy to meet our new students. They are ready for a fresh start, full of expectation, sometimes nervousness, as well as bravado to hide the nervousness.
Meanwhile, I'll try to get ready for the cooler weather, the need for a sweater, a coat, even a hat. Are you ready?