Today Is Brought To Me By

Taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia
Taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Today is brought to me by:

  1. The men and women of the labor force, who work hard to make a living and support their families (today is Labor Day, a holiday in the United States).
  2. My parents and grandparents, without whom I would not be here.  While I didn’t agree with everything, they all influenced me and made me what I began with to become who I am today.
  3. Warm, humid and overcast weather.  It seems that this day off is often accompanied by bad weather for some reason (the afternoon cleared out to gorgeous skies, a brisk wind, and very hot – triple digit heat index, so still no trip to the botanical gardens, even in the afternoon).
  4. A day off to rest and relax.  Now I whether I do either one remains to be seen!
  5. A sense of sadness that summer is winding down, the pace is picking up, and things / places will become busy again.
Dragonfly resting on a tomato cage in the backyard
Dragonfly resting on a tomato cage in the backyard

In fact three weeks ago, I noted how much the pace had slowed down everywhere, both at work and in my personal life.  I wrote in my Moleskine journal:

I’ve been enjoying this summer, especially this week.  It’s been much slower at work – people are on vacation and things are less frantic, more measured.  I wish it could be like this all the time, but of course that wouldn’t be good – for business, my job security, even the economy.

The weekends are good too – so much less personal E-mail, less blogs being updated, and most of our subdivision seems to be gone somewhere else.

It’s been nice taking a little longer lunches, leaving a little earlier than usual, having less news and updates to skim and delete.

And everywhere we go, we can get good parking (even at work) and wait in less lines.  Everything is emptier than usual and I am just enjoying – reveling in – this slowdown of the world and some time to decompress a little.

Also taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Also taken at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

School starts tomorrow here in Virginia, so our neighbors will be flooding home shortly.  The roads will be crowded tomorrow as people head back to work.  But it was nice for a brief time to slow it down, sniff the breeze, and just relax for a few days.  Here’s a post from several years ago, that also commented on the end of summer and how I enjoyed the slowing down that came shortly before Labor Day.

As a side note – today’s prompt is from a challenge I’m doing this month, 30 Days of Lists.  It’s to encourage journalers and scrapbookers.  Some people are doing paper, others are doing it digitally.  I’m doing it in my regular spiral bound notebook that I use for all my jottings.  That way I can scribble out, add things, clarify, and not worry about how it looks. 



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8 Comments Leave a comment

  1. Thanks for checking my blog out. I enjoyed your take on the Sept 1 prompt and really like your photos. That last one, a dahlia, I believe, is really exquisite. Since I’m retired, I don’t notice the clearing out of folks and magically appearing parking spaces as much as I used to.

    • Thanks Dragon Lady! It was fun reading your post as well. WordPress has such a large variety of bloggers, that (at least for me) it takes something like this challenge to help me locate other blogs that I want to check out.

  2. I too noticed a big change this August as things slowed down to a summer pace. It is nice for a change. As I’m getting closer to retirement I am starting to appreciate the slower pace. I do like to be busy but time to just go to the beach and read has been good for the soul.The top picture makes me want to go there with a good book and tune out for awhile.

    • Thanks Darlene! How nice to be getting closer to retirement and being able to slow down a bit. You’ve worked hard for it and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it when it comes. Yes, that was exactly why I put that top picture in there – it just invokes (evokes?) peacefulness to me.

  3. The fall winds will stir thing up – or energize them depending on point of view.
    But with winter – like Jan-Feb – will life slip into a slowdown or hibernating pace? (another solstice?)
    Meanwhile hope you enjoy the winding down of summer before the wind up to holiday mania!

    • I totally agree that when it cools off in the fall, everyone’s energy comes up, including the dogs!

      I’d love to enjoy the winding down of summer, but the tax returns are due and the pace has definitely gotten frantic at work.

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