LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
For years after I graduated from school, I felt empty in the fall with no classes to go to. It’s not so much that I liked school — in fact, I definitely did not like it — but the pull of the routine was powerful. Fall was as much associated with the gentle fall of leaves as with the smell of schools supplies; rubbery erasers, fresh sheets of paper. As much as that first day back was stressful, it was always accompanied with that feeling of giving in to what needed to get done and there was a blossom of satisfaction that stemmed from that. Maybe that’s what I still feel: that acceptance that it’s time to get back to reality. The margarita time of year is over, but there is now this time where things get done and the cupboards get cleaned and life gets lived responsibly and purposefully.
As for how long this diligence will last, who knows? I’m thinking two weeks tops in my world. Sometimes I think I establish little practices and policies just so I can have the pleasure of throwing caution to the wind and breaking them. But for now, it feels good to be industrious, like Aesop’s ant rather than the grasshopper, and I’ll try to roll with it — at least until Labor Day.