I’m not sure if something has been off in the universe or what but the past five weeks have been some of the most hectic and chaotic days I can remember.
Whatever the reason for it, I’ve found myself struggling to keep up. With so many events to cover, it seems there is never enough time in the day or enough days in the week to get it all done.
I can only hope things will settle into a more normal pace soon. My 39-year-old body struggles enough and more craziness is never needed.
That’s why I have enjoyed the earliest signs of fall in recent days. Oh, I’m not going to kid myself into thinking summer has officially left town. No, summer will rear its head again and probably will be doing so by the time you read this.
Yet, it has been a nice greeting to walk out my front door in the mornings with a slight hint of coolness in the air. The arrival of a new football season always has me thinking fall and this year is no different.
When we flipped our calendars to September recently, it was another sign that fall was in the air. I’ve never considered September to be a summer month (on a side note, school officials apparently don’t consider August a summer month anymore either) and it was with pride I welcomed the ninth month of 2010.
Fall has always been a special time for me. As a kid it meant fall festivals and Halloween carnivals and the like. I always enjoy reading about the corn mazes which appear this time of year and am determined to go walk through — and get lost in — one at some point.
Driving into work Monday morning, the sky was a nice shade of blue and a slight breeze continued blowing throughout the day. Perhaps it’s part mental, but I can sense fall in the air. Soon the leaves will burst with bright colors making even the shortest of trips more enjoyable.
It’s been a long, hot, grueling summer but there are indications better times are just around the corner weather wise. For me, the change can’t get here soon enough. Fall has always been my favorite season (spring is a somewhat close second) and I anticipate it more each year I think.
It’s more than just football although for me that will always be a part of it. To me, fall gives one a renewed lease on life. Being outside is more enjoyable and while the days are shorter, I seem to value each minute and each hour more.
Perhaps this will be the year I do get lost in a corn maze or put up that fall display at my house featuring several bales of hay and some pumpkins. We all need to enjoy the smaller things in life more and appreciate all the blessings we have.
Yes, the past five weeks has been a whirlwind. However, I believe we should all be able to settle in now. Fall is just around the corner and I, for one, am glad.
•It seems there is at least one person who is as die-hard a college football fan as myself in Barrow County. Cameron Whitehead, who works at WIMO, has a passion for the game and for his Alabama Crimson Tide that is hard to match.
At a recent high school event, Cameron said with the excitement usually reserved for winning the lottery: “It’s almost here!” in reference to a new football season. That caused my friend Steve Brown to say, “He’s another you!”
While Cameron and I have different favorite teams, I think our passion for the college gridiron game is equal. It’s a select group, this circle of football fanatics but one that we all consider an honor to be a part of. It’s great to have the new season here.
Chris Bridges is editor of the Barrow Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.