I happen to love wall calendars, and my husband and parents have made sure I’m well covered (or my walls at least are) in the calendar department. Hanging on the walls of my study I’ve got a retro wine and spirits posters calendar, a black and white “Romantic Paris” calendar with photos by Doisneau, Michaud, Ronis and others, and a wonderful calendar of photos of the Greek Isles. Flipping each calendar to the next month has become a ritual of sorts for me, not the least because I have to do it three times! I always feel nostalgic leaving the previous months’ pictures behind, as well as a sense of renewed anticipation and hope as I meet the new months’ pictures.
Tomorrow’s ritual feels even more significant to me. Saying goodbye to August seems like saying goodbye to summer. This year, it also signals the start of a many new beginnings for me…a new city, new apartment, new work possibilities, and new challenges. Lots to feel excited about, and even more to feel anxious about if I let my mind go that direction.
So, in the final hours of August 2010, I’m planning to put my feet up, sip a drink with my husband, and enjoy the peace and quiet of the warm summer evening.