Thursday, September 8, 2011
The End of Summer
If you come to our town this weekend you'll see all the typical Fall changes. Front porch geraniums become buckets bursting with orange mums and haystacks piled with pumpkins. Little sisters become big kids and everyone has officially graduated to the next grade. Stay at home moms find themselves with empty rooms after everyone goes off to school and the farmer's market is loaded with tables of apples.
But ours is not the typical end to summer. We wait until the weekend after Labor Day in this town, and all sorts of ordinary things become something quite extraordinary. The empty field by the river becomes a carnival and the mayor starts riding a horse. The dog park becomes a rodeo and the downtown streets are filled with music and street food. People that grew up next door become royalty and little boys on bicycles get to be cowboys...even if it's only for a few days.