I woke up this morning, prepared to take my morning walk, looked out at our patio, and noticed it is pitch black outside — when only a few weeks ago, at this same time of day, I was walking accompanied by the rising sun. Thus was I gobsmacked with the reality that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer.
We live each day so focused on the immediate demands of our lives that we often miss the gradual changes that are happening around us — until the physical cues provided by the world break through and make it clear. The relative snugness of clothing alerts us to weight gain or loss. Falling leaves tell us that September is only days away. And the ever-lengthening night reminds us that the seasons are changing whether we notice it or not.
I’m not ready for summer to end — it seems like it just got here! — but the darkness this morning tells me I’d better enjoy it while it lasts.