Ode to summer

the house is very quiet.

no sounds of little feet pitter-pattering about the house.

no busy chattering.

no bickering.

just me and the clicking sounds of the keyboard.

first day of school. all the little people are gone. at least, for a couple of hours.

like all parents, the beginning of the school year is a bitter-sweet moment for me.  we are sad that summer days are gone.  but we do look forward to the return of routine, to reclaiming some time to ourselves.  i do miss those moments when i can sit still and think without interruption, when my precious few hours are mine to do with as i like. but i will miss the fullness of our summer days, when i have no time to introspect, when i am thrown into living life. because after all, it is from that fullness of life that i draw inspiration for my work.  it is this rhythm of life that keeps me going - time to live, and then time to reflect.

i thought about sharing beautiful shots of our summer break in Michigan where we celebrated my dad's 80th birthday (i know, he is an old man, but he acts half his age - he still runs half-marathons!!), but instead, i'm going to share some underexposed film photos i took at our pool.  because you know what? this was our daily life this summer - sun-bleached days at the pool. 

the smell of chlorine. 

the feeling of chlorine-crusted hair. 

the constant sound of splashing water that drowns out all other sounds. 

the excitement of watching your child swim to the finish. hoarse throats from cheering. 

the colors aren't very vibrant here because i closed the aperture too much, worried that there was too much sunlight on the day i took these shots. but i sort of like them because they look sun-bleached themselves, just how i feel after a summer at the pool. 

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