Days at Summer’s End

Days at Summer's End

Enjoy the summer moments–the memories, the laughter,

and the sun that drenches our days with light and grace.

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Memories gather like sea shells on the beach.

Golden moments with family and friends.

Summer jumps with joy of toes in the sand and waves on the beach.

 

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Families gather and friends join in the circle of love.

We reach arms wide to draw hearts close.

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Summer holds special moments for sisters.

And cousins play as the generations reach forward through time.

The youngest and the oldest, from one generation to another, love grows in summer moments.

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Summer leaps with love from one day to the next,

from one generation to the next.

Stories are told in the circle of shared history.

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Summer says goodbyes in airports

as children spread their wings with new adventures.

Summers moments with kids become rare treasures we hold close to our hearts.

 

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Summer travels far and wide and brave

to new experiences that shape lives and forge futures.

Summer grows as children become adults and love covers the miles of independence.

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Summer frolicks like dogs

free to swim in the warm water of community

and friends gather for summer suppers.

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Summer dances through days all too quickly.

Flowers grow and saturate our moments with the visions of joy.

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Summer glows with the gentle light of sunsets

and we collect the sky in our hearts

like reflections on the water of our souls.

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We count blessings, appreciate moments, and gather love

as we look forward to the changing seasons.

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Summer’s end holds those last moments before the transitions of life open new seasons.

Children in new shoes and bright backpacks head back to school.

Parents open hands and hearts when kids leave home as college days call.

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Somehow in all the shimmering moments of summer children have grown.

They are taller inside and out

with legs longer and hearts wiser.

They are ready.

Ready to fly.

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And the days of summer’s end are treasures to be kept long

in a circle of life, family, and love

until the days of next summer dawn afresh next year.

Linking with the wonderful bloggers at Create With Joy and Grace and Truth.

12 Comments

  1. Beautifully written, sweet friend…you captured the truth of so many of our hearts’ moments in these words and pictures…again. I am with you, dear friend, as we farewell these Summer moments in our families and friendships and they become treasured memories…and we welcome this new Season of growth and blessing <3 (and that picture of Jack licking Joe is just great too, LOL!!)

    • Ginger Harrington

      I had you in mind when I wrote the part about our college students. It is such a letting go of the heart to say goodbye to your college freshman. Grateful for your friendship:)

  2. Thank you, Ginger, for your warm and lovely Days at Summer’s End.

  3. I agree with Kristen. The combination of your pictures and poetic-like prose captures moments that we want to hold onto throughout the years. Beautifully done, Ginger. 🙂

    • Ginger Harrington

      This was one of those days when I had no idea what I was going to write. After publishing this post, I left to run errands. No kidding, ten minutes after publishing this post I was in a four car accident a mile from my house. Thankfully everyone was okay, but what an abrupt reminder to cherish and make the most of our days.

  4. I so enjoyed this. Beautiful!

    • Ginger Harrington

      I’m so glad this lifted your heart. Sometimes I add pictures to what I write and sometimes I write to the pictures. This was a post that I let the pictures to the writing. Such fun to see what God brings out.

  5. You captured lovely memories with both pictures and words.I’m glad I made the time to stop by and catch a last moment of summer with you. Love you!

    • Ginger Harrington

      So happy to share this with you. Wouldn’t it be lovely to share our summer’s end in person? Blessings sweet friend!

  6. Beautiful, Ginger!

    • Ginger Harrington

      So glad to have you visit today, Dee Dee. How I wish we could sit and chat with a cup of coffee, catching up on all that’s going on in your life! Hugs to you!

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