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Author Name: PremiumMLAllen 11 Comments
Date Added: September 24, 2008 19:09:41 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Fall came ripping and roaring in this morning making the air conditioner redundant. I turned it off and opened the windows. The cool air off the lake is refreshing. Better somehow than conditioned air, although, in mid summer when you could fry eggs on the sidewalk, conditioned air is a life saver.
Fresh air is exhilarating. Enlivening. After coffee, I was so energized, I dove enthusiastically into a project I've put off all summer; going through an overstuffed closet, sorting keepers from non keepers. By five, I had re-established some order.
I took my cocktail out to the deck to watch the sunset. It doesn't seem possible now, but just yesterday we were a crowd out here, with everybody talking and laughing too loud, eating too much, wearing ourselves out in the heat, celebrating the last day of summer.
Of course, the sunset is spectacular. This is Florida. It's expected to be. Its golden brilliance softens to rose and quiets down to purple as it settles on the land, and the whippoorwill cries.
Funny how one day later, everything's changed. I stayed so busy all day that I hardly missed you at all, till now.
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Comment By: FreeLeonard Wilson on November 4, 2009 06:50:13 PM Report

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Hi, kid...It's official...I have read everything you have posted... Shake a leg, eh, cuz?....len

Comment By: FreeFLETCHER on September 24, 2009 03:56:29 AM Report
Once again the expressive depth is fantastic.

You are gifted Mary.


Comment By: FreeDamon D. Brewer on May 3, 2009 02:36:40 AM Report
I am quite late reading this, but it doesn't stop me from enjoying it just the same.  Now  a new beginning is in the air as Spring has sprung and Winter is leaving us behind..  Summer can't be far away once again and the crowds will be back again.  The never ending cycle of life with perhaps a few of the old faces gone and no doubt several new ones to take their places.  You will enjoy this Summer just as much as the last one and the one before that.  Don't we all?  Excellent work my friend!


Comment By: FreePaul Peter McLean on October 5, 2008 12:43:05 PM Report
Good work Mary Lou. Your usual deft way with words gives us a lovely autumn picture, but the real message of this piece comes in the last line, the sadness of which has maximum effect from following the lovley line which precede it.
Comment By: FreeAmber P on September 30, 2008 05:20:11 PM Report
I tried frying an egg on the sidewalk once when I was about 8. Needless to say, it didn't quite turn out the way I hoped :]
This is gorgeous, but I probably didn't need to tell you that.  I especially love the ending.  I don't know if it's supposed to, but it kind of breaks my heart.


Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on September 27, 2008 03:06:51 PM Report
I agree with Nick below...You paint such pictures in my mind I see it large as life clear as day and also feel the emotion to the point of bursting


Ali x

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on September 25, 2008 08:02:51 PM Report
Wonderful story  dear lady...
 ~ She Whispers

Comment By: FreeSamuel E. Stone on September 25, 2008 07:13:08 PM Report
Well said,

Wishing you well...


Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on September 25, 2008 03:04:22 PM Report
Mary Lou: this is such a delightful write.  I really enjoyed the nature aspect and the ending is so heart-felt.  Lovely work, your usual quality and style.


Lady D

Comment By: FreeMary F. Charest on September 24, 2008 08:52:12 PM Report
Sounds like a lovely day.  I love the imagery, especially the part about the crisp, cool air.  Breathing is my favorite thing in the world to do.  :o)


Comment By: FreeCathy on September 24, 2008 08:47:23 PM Report
Really love the imagery you have given us here painting such a wonderful picture. The feelings of summer ending and Autumn beginning are so wonderfully displayed here. it, excellent write


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