Thursday, August 26, 2010

End of August Check-In

Summer is ending early for us as school begins *before* Labor Day this year.  And while a part of me feels I should feel bad about this, I don't.

I've been looking forward to fall and less to do--from yardwork to socializing, from summer activity to the next summer activity.

My calendar is quite empty for September.

There is a note on my desk that says:  Keep September open - Be the crystallized ginger.

(The crystallized ginger part is reference to a saying another writer friend and I made up to remind ourselves to be sweet but strong in our beliefs and with our time.)

So I'm careful what I will add to it.

This next week I'll be getting my shed ready to write.  I'll be organizing and cleaning the house.  I'll be cleaning out and giving away.  I'll be buying non-pariels, crystallized ginger and cutting flowers for my desk.

The Tuesday after Labor Day I will play Everything But the Girl and wear corduroys.  I will eat blackberries off the vine and shut the door...


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5 comments:

Nancy said...

I asolutely LOVE crystalized ginger. I think I'll have some today in fact.

Adrienne said...

Sounds perfect :)

Anonymous said...

I really hate the taste of candied ginger--but Everything But the Girl is my favorite music group of ALL TIME. Rock on, Kel!

--Other Nancy

Lyle Daggett said...

As I was reading this, I started to hear the whisper of a poem in it.

If you'd permit me to play just a little here:

*

Summer is ending early.
I should feel bad about this, I don't.

To fall and less to do--
from yardwork, from summer
to the next summer.

My calendar is quite empty for September.

There is a note: Keep September
open. Be the crystallized ginger.


(To remind ourselves to be sweet
but strong and with our time.)

So I'm careful what I will add to it.

I'll be getting the shed. Cleaning
the house. I'll be buying
non-pareils, crystallized ginger
and cutting flowers.

After Labor Day I will play Everything
But The Girl, I will eat blackberries
off the vine:
and shut the door.

Kells said...

Lyle,

I kind of love that you did that. I can see the poem in there as well. Thanks for the hint.

best,
Kells

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