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Putting the wraps on another summer September 12, 2011

Posted by paulstella in Uncategorized.
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I traditionally approach the ritual with such melancholy. Summer, my favorite season, formally ends when the pool cover goes on. Summer, for me, concluded this weekend.

This year, I approached my duties with unusual vigor. I felt ready to embrace the symbolism. Unfortunately, summer 2011 has been a season of sorrow, and it will inevitably trigger memories of challenge and heartache moving forward. The time has arrived to put it behind me.

And the sun seems to agree. You can tell from how it hangs in the sky. The warmth of its rays may still say summer, but the lengthening shadows it casts suggest otherwise.

But as I gaze into the crystal-clear waters one last time, I feel it—that melancholy. Stolen moments spent floating on my raft come to mind, as does the sight of my son and his friends performing various antics in the deep end.

Yeah, maybe I’ll miss it after all—at least until next summer.

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