The fact that my last class is a week from today has me feeling some kind of way, and my options are pretty straightforward: grieve Waco before I’ve even left the 254, or really commit to making the most of these last few days. I’ve been trying to live this past month in a state of deliberate gratitude, and I want to continue the trend till I’m on a plane for Colorado. I’ve bought mugs from my favorite coffee shops and brunch spots, ran in the rain down Austin Avenue. Gone on late night shaved ice runs, watched movies in a century-old theater. Packed a cheese and bread picnic to eat on a cliff overlooking the sunset over the Brazos.
100 degree weather doesn’t generally lend itself to picnic-ing, but that didn’t stop a friend and I from packing an old-fashioned basket and heading to Cameron Park. We spread a blanket and unpacked, played Ben Rector (because this is me we’re dealing with, it was that or Hamilton), talked about missions and boys and watched the sunset. It felt like college and Pinterest would have you believe the rest of life will work out.
We’re in August now, which is pretty unbelievable. We’re almost 3/4 of the way through the year! About this time of the year, I find myself wishing for fall–for leaves and chunky sweaters and ordering hot drinks without the barista laughing at you. I do this in November when I’m ready for Christmas, and Febraru when I’m ready for spring; then it’s May and I’n daydreaming about umbrellas on beaches and fireworks. It’s really easy to wish your way through weeks.
As summer begins the dwindle, I hope you stock up on memories to last you through the new season fall brings. Don’t rush to pumpkin patches, or even back-to-school shopping. With any luck, these memories will involve baguettes and mozzarella.
On the topic of endings, this is the last post in my Surrogate Schuyler tag! Crazy to think that I started this back in April and now here we are. I’ve invested a lot of time and energy and have really seen the blog grow since then, and I’m super proud of how far Collared Cashmere has come. So thanks for sticking it out 🙂