Editorial: A change is in the air
Regret and anticipation form a sweet-and-sour stew about this time every year.
Even people who have been out of school for many decades sense a bit of the excitement that comes with the resumption of classes, school bus runs (please drive carefully) and fall sports headlined by football.
Clubs that took a summer break have started their meetings again. Fall festivals get underway, and this year we look forward to Mathews Market Days, the Guinea Jubilee, centennial of the Peninsula School House, the Battle of the Hook, the Gloucester Wine Festival, and (most likely) corn mazes, pumpkin-carving contests, and a number of school and church events that will get people outdoors and visiting.
Prime days are ahead for those who anticipate hunting and rock fishing seasons. Political junkies will get their fill of mudslinging (sadly) with the upcoming Virginia governor’s race. Then Christmas will be right around the corner.
At the same time, there is regret for the end of summer, missed opportunities, the last days of gardening, end of the flowers, losing daylight, and for many, the regret of the first day of fall, after which until spring we have more darkness than light each day.
There’s nothing newsworthy about The End of Summer, except that this event is part of what defines us. It’s just one more season in the country calendar that has endured here for centuries. We do not live as close to nature as we once did; but we are so much closer to the earth, the sea, the sun and sky than our cousins who live in the cities. Nature’s calendar still moves us along the course of the months, years, decades and centuries. Who would want to change that?