Saturday, August 11, 2007

"Summer's lease hath all too short a date" William Shakespeare

In a June 22 entry, Kat wrote:

My dance card is filling quickly.

Well, this sentence has stayed with me all through June, July, and into August. I just love it. We have had a summer with a full dance card. We haven't traveled away from home, but we've done several very fun things. Our first outing was on July 1 when we saw Pink Martini at Dartmouth College. What a wonderful, wonderful show it was. I have posted about them a couple of times on the blog, and when I saw they were going to be there, I got tickets immediately. The theatre was packed and the acoustics were tremendous. Individually, and as a group, they are a really, really talented bunch of people. They sing in like a million different languages, but we in the audience seemed to know exactly what was being described. If you haven't heard them, just buy a song or two from iTunes and see what you think. I love them.

Then our cousins came for a week, and we went to the movies, and ate out, and went on a garden tour - complete with an English tea on real china.

Another day out was on August 2. We went to the famous and much-loved Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox play.

There was a very moving opening ceremony, as it was Bobby Doerr Day. I found tears coming to my eyes as this still dapper 89 year old man came on the field in a great old car. I've heard his name all my life and it was thrilling to be there on his day. As the article on wikipedia says, "this was most likely his last trip to Fenway."

A great joy was that we went with both our kids.

It was a wonderful day, but also, I was the hottest I've been in my life, I think. I kind of held myself together, but whew, it was hot. Luckily we were in the shade, but still. Then after a three hour game, we were in bumper-to-bumper traffic for two hours and because we were going slowly (and maybe because the Beetle is almost eight years old) the air conditioning didn't really work so we just had the windows open. Here is what the car thermometer read.

The third outing was last night. We saw Weird Al Yankovic in concert. If you have a child, or have a grown up child who is now in his twenties, you will know who Weird Al is. That's how we discovered him. "Amish Paradise" came out when our boy was eleven. This was the Straight Outta Lynwood tour.

Again, the whole family went to see him, and what a show he put on. It didn't matter if you knew the song he was parodying. His talent is extraordinary, and he has a great band. Go to his myspace, and see the videos and hear his songs, if you don't know who he is. His energy, his humor, his intelligence, and his warmth are amazing, and we sat only 6 rows from the stage! Sadly, my camera battery was dead. :<( He was on stage for over two hours with no break. As you know, he has a lot of different outfits, so when he was changing into them between songs, there were video interview shows with Weird Al asking questions, and the "interviewees" answering. Really, this was just other footage of the people spliced with his questions. I am quite sure I have never laughed so much for such a straight amount of time. What do they say? Laughing is like jogging on the inside. Well, then, it was a perfect health experience!

And now it is almost mid-August. Cheryl Wheeler's song describes pretty much how I'm feeling right now:

Summer's Almost Over

Summer's almost over and I'm crying but I don't know why
Sentimental old fool, weeping for this blue, blue sky
And the way the cat is sleeping and the way the garden grew
Wagging dogs who lick my face and the way I feel for you

Paddling in the kayaks, with my sister, through the quiet creek
Moon upon the water and the river breeze upon my cheek
And the way my Father shuffles with his courage and his cane
And the way September bluffs and feints till autumn falls again
Oh summer's almost over and I'm crying but I don't know why

A party for my birthday and a tractor for my 50 years
Swallows at their bird play spin and dive above the new mown fields
And a week in Colorado reading books with my best friend
And the thing I knew I couldn't do and now I know I can

Who could help but welcome autumn and the promise of the winter snow?
Still there's something sweet and wistful as I watch this lovely summer go
But the sun is sinking sooner and the weeds have won at last
With the berries on the bushes and the crickets in the grass
Oh summer's almost over and I'm crying but I don't know why

She lives a bit further south than I, so it just may be that her September is my air and sky right now. She says,

Who could help but welcome autumn and the promise of the winter snow?

And I do. I love autumn and winter. I truly am ready to slow down a bit. I'm ready for early suppers and long evenings at home; I really am. And yet, these words are saying what is in my heart,

Still there's something sweet and wistful as I watch this lovely summer go

It has been such a nice summer. More time with my kids, more time with friends, the beautiful gardens, quite perfect weather. I'll be okay. I'll be excited for the fall soon, but right now, today, I, too, am feeling a little wistful.


  1. What a fantastic post and what a fantastic summer you've had. My husband only said this morning that the weather wouldn't be as hot now for the rest of the year - but he was wrong - it's been hot here today and we too have have a great day. My best wishes to you and your family, Nan.

  2. Thank you so very much for your words. And thanks for the best wishes. You are most kind.

  3. I haven't been to Fenway since I was taken there on a date in 1976. It's been a looooong time! (I'm from Mass. originally)
    I have had a lovely time reading your blog and enjoying yoru beautiful pictures. Thank you for stopping by and visiting mine and leaving your sweet comment. I hope we cross cyber-paths again!

  4. Ah Nan, I think I'll be wistful with you for a while. Then, one crisp September day, the autumn mood will settle in and we'll be ready for mums on the porch, and a trip to the apple orchard, and sweater-weather. I loved reading your post, and am so glad the summer has been such a good one for you!

  5. I am so happy that you got to see/hear Pink Martini. By the time I realized they were going to be at Symphony Hall in Boston, the concert was sold out! :(

  6. Once again, thank you for sharing your summer joys and memories. You help me recall my happy days and give ideas and inspiration for new ones.
    By the way, your scones look scrumptious! While I feel "wistful" about the fleeting summer season as well, I think I'll get out my Autumn Susan Branch book and make her scone recipe today - again, I thank you for the idea.:)

  7. What a wonderful summer you've had, Nan. Somehow I know you're going to have a wonderful fall and winter too. I bet you had a wonderful time seeing Pink Martini - what an energetic group! And thanks for the Cheryl Wheeler lyrics. I will be seeing her in two weeks at the Gig Harbor Folk Festival - I can hardly wait!

  8. Wonderful post! Glad to see more glimpses into your life. Great to know that you are having a great summer! It seems like any given summer weekend there are a million great things to do. Glad you got to see Pink Martini! I thank you every time I put on their CD!

  9. Nan I love this post - it sounds like you guys have had a wonderful family summer. I'm so jealous you got to see Weird Al in concert! And the English tea looks scrumptious.

    I'm with you - ready for my favorite seasons of autumn and winter, and ready for things to slow down.

  10. So much to comment on...

    I love "High Tea" and those scones and sandwiches look divine! Yum!

    Baseball. Ah. What a fun outing. And a great photo of the four of you!!

    I've never heard that song before, but fell in love with the (written) lyrics and popped over to iTunes to buy the song. Merci!

    I'm not ready for summer to end. I love the early nights and cool temps, but oh, I'm just not ready to give up my shorts, sandals and pool time! Fortunately for me, fall really doesn't arrive for another two months.

    Oh! Almost forgot. Why is your car clock on military time?? And wow! That's hot!!


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