It seems like only yesterday that the heat and the humidity were oppressing my body. Now, wait a minute, it was only yesterday. Today the clouds and some misty rain have rolled in and the mercury has taken a refreshing dip. On of my truly last days of summer, I have my windows open listening to the a unusual quietness drifting into my room. The cicadas screeching has been silenced. There is only the occasional street noise coming in from my neighborhood.
This summer’s heat has been long and hard. Even though we didn’t get any days over 40 in my part of Tokyo, we still had day after day of hot humid weather. The weather just wouldn’t quit except for a few freakishly cool days end of August. Today it is the stillness. It is as if the entire neighborhood knows that the heat is gone and that the cold is not that far away.
I am thankful for being able to see the four seasons here in Japan. The four seasons were something that I never really experienced growing up in the two season weather of South Florida: hot and not so hot. To be able to experience the gradual changes with my senses is a blessing. The cool feeling of cold as it hits the side of my face. The bright colors of autumn leaves as they float down from the trees. The smell of fresh flowers in spring. And the tastes of those wonderful summer blueberries from my patio. The seasons are in tune with the world. Now we need to be in tune with them.
So in this season as summer is quickly fading into autumn, let those short sleeves soak up those last rays of sunshine. Let the last of the summer blossoms fill our senses. Don’t worry what time the sundial flower says, for there will be another one is only nine months away.