If you listen closely, you can hear it. The sound is small and faint like the gentle thrumming of humming bird wings in summer. Itís a sound that is not quite a sound, the vibration of tiny hairs set in motion within the ear by the tiniest movement of air.
I first noticed the sound as a feeling. Faintly in July, then building in August. And now, with summer waning and days growing shorter, the sound is nearly audible to all who listen.
At first, in June the clamor of kids out of school and the cheering of teachers freed from the confines of the classroom dominated the airwaves. It was impossible not to catch the infectious enthusiasm for summer.
In the beginning, summer was full of promise and possibility. Exciting excursions, campfires, star gazing and long hot days filled with nothing to do but relax; those are the thoughts that dominated in June.
Now, the camp gear lies strewn about the garage, tossed aside and stumbled over. The marshmallow roasting sticks are coated with black goo. Swimsuits lie in forgotten piles, and everyone is ready.
Ready for the heat to stop. Ready for a schedule. Ready for life to return to normal.
A person can only stand a certain amount of fun. Once that tolerance level has been reached, then the fun is gone and everything becomes a chore.
Watering the garden? Boring.
Star gazing? Done that.
Would you like one more símore? If I eat any more sugar, I will go into shock.
The sound that began as a faint throb in the air has grown. If you listen in coming days, it will grow into a crescendo. It will blossom until it becomes an audible sigh of relief.
The kids are relieved that school is starting.
The parents? Perhaps they are celebrating the most this final weekend before school starts.
Teachers are even glad to get back to the rigors of instruction.
As summer winds down and school begins again, everyone releases a sigh of relief.
Having fun is tiring. Fall brings an opportunity to recover from all the fun gently ease into cooler weather. And once we have sighed our sighs, and sent the children off to school, and released the pressure to have fun every minute that the sun shines, then we can relax.
And then it will be time to brace for winter.