Fall! What happened to summer?

September 26, 2014

Ray Augenstein

Ray Augenstein

Well here it is, fall is upon us once again. I wonder what happened to summer. I walked outside to examine my new flowers as spring burst upon them, causing them to spring forth. Then I got out my lawn furniture to enjoy the warm sunshine and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.

I got involved in a few things in the meantime, like transporting patients or doing office work. Now I just looked out my window and lo and behold, leaves are starting to change, the flowers are gone and the birds are flocking in preparation of flying south. I just don’t know where the summer went. Is time accelerating or did I sleep through the summer? When I look back over the past few months I wonder what in the world I had been doing during all that time.

I don’t see anything that I’ve done specifically, even though I know that I’ve been busy. Maybe I need to just start recording my day to day activity, so I can look back and see where I’ve been and what I’ve done. But I do know, as I get older, that time seems to go so much faster

When I was a kid seemed as if summer would go on forever. My brothers and sister and I, would all go down to the beach at Lake Michigan to swim. It seemed like we spent most of our time on the beach, enjoying the sun, sand and water. I remember spending warm summer days fishing, or playing ball with the neighborhood boys. The summer was taken up with so many activities and we were constantly busy.

We didn’t need videogames or Xboxes. It seems like we could make a toy out of just about anything, whether it was a block of wood or a pile of sand. I remember taking an old roller skate, separating the front from the back and nailing them to the bottom of a board, then attaching a handle on it, and riding it up and down the street, on my homemade scooter.

Now seems like our kids need expensive toys to stay entertained. They need a laptop, an iPhone, an Xbox and a whole lot of other things. They might be smarter concerning how to operate all these expensive toys, but they certainly don’t have the initiative or the imagination to be able to create their own toys.

I wish I was physically able to be able to do the things that I used to do when I was younger. If I could, I would spend my summers out on the lake fishing, climbing hills, exploring new territory, or bothering my grandchildren. I guess that’s why I like to do a lot of different things because I don’t like to just set on the porch in a rocking chair, watching the wind blow or birds fighting over morsel of food.

I feel that life is too important than to just set around waiting for the end to come, I feel that when my time has come, they can say of me, that I went out kicking and screaming and fighting every step of the way. And that the very last day of my life, I have accomplished something important and that I have made a difference in someone’s life and have left my footprints in the sands of time.


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