Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The One that Brings Me

The cooler nights, the sun setting earlier in the evening, the dull green on the trees.... I know what’s on its way all too soon: dark mornings, fuzzy tights and the furnace kicking-in. I’m outta sorts with this transition. It's bigger than going back to a new school year. Time moves. The cycle begins again.

The wheel has rolled to the position it was in once before, yet it's not in the same place: it’s moved that much farther along the map, and the scenery is just a bit different, and the road contact has removed one more layer of wear from the tread. Everything looks familiar but nothing is quite the same.

I'm wistful because I have the time to be so. In another few days life will be crazy with kids and teachers and helpmehelpmehelpme and will-I-live-to-see-the-end-of-this-day. I won't have time for WISTFUL.

And then will come the red leaves waiting for snow to fall while hunkered-down until spring before summer sets me free again. And too soon I'll be back in this spot, but in a different place.

The wheel rolls.

Stella is starting to stomp around the garage. She can smell change on the air. Autumn is her favorite season to haul through the woods, and her impatience is setting-in. I get it, but I haven’t hopped onto the saddle just yet.

Betty knows too. She’s ancy when I get home. She knows how to cajole without allowing me to wallow. ComeON. So, you're nostalgic. SO, you're tired. SO it's getting cooler. SO the sun is setting a bit earlier. Time passes nothing stays the same you're getting old and one day you won't be around anymore bla bla bla. Girl, we've got a headlight. Flashers are on. It’s not like you have to DO anything but pedal. Let's go let'sgolet'sgolet'sgo!



....and we can stop by the Dairy Queen....

!

She knows how to get my sorry backside outta the house.

- TOB

10 comments:

C. P. said...

The new Caramel Cheesequake Blizzard is outstanding!

Ruby said...

Dairy Queen is my weakness to. I like buster bars. Did I mention the fall? Yeah. I like the fall to.

Great post. Speaks directly to what I'm feeling. I know that returning to school has different meanings for you. But I am one parent that is grateful for what you and your collegues do. Because, I’m tired of trying to amuse the kids out of their self induced boredom and I revel in their excitement of the coming new school season. Thanks for what you do...

Nathan said...

That Betty sure looks like a charmer - I doubt I could say no...

Tim said...

Nice post.

Alberto said...

The usual dose of great writing. May your wheels never stop turning. (Say hi to Betty!)

Ellie said...

By way of another blogger I found you. I simply must have someone else to commiserate the coming seasons with. I like fall but... 6 months of winter stinks. I live in MN too. I shall visit you frequently.

the old bag said...

CP -- something to look forward to!

Ruby -- thanks...it's sure nice to hear.

Nathan -- yeah, Betty is pretty insistent and knows what'll get me out.

Tim -- thanks...bet you're seeing daylight changes already too.

Alberto -- thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ellie -- thanks for coming by. Hope to hear more from a fellow-MNer dealing with the changes!

Trée said...

Have you seen that McDonald's now carries dipped cones? Hell Yeah! Dipped cones. bASTARDS. :-D

That is cones dipped WIT chocolate. :-)

juancho said...

Sweet lyrics OB. Peace!

Emma Pod said...

Hi OB,

Nice piece! Have a good week back in the saddle of work. I'll be thinking of you. Bill's gonna try his email. I talked to him today and he doesn't know how to do it yet, but one day soon he may surprise us!