Saturday, 30 August 2008

Summer Skin

Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water's warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin

Five friends and a life that was entirely our own … in the end, I think that’s what I’ll remember from summer in Sackville. Horace, Kevin, Justin, Rhiana and me. We might never live together again, we might not have reunion dinners like we’ve planned, our inside jokes will be replaced by new ones … but I think we’ve walked away from summer in Sackville with some indescribable bond … something that will hold us together, even if we drift apart.

Jona was with me through it all – my rock, as always.

What will I think of when I think of summer in Sackville?

26 Estabrooks
Horace, Kevin, Rhiana, Justin, Jess, and Jon
Rizwan and Faisal
Cate, Ryan, Mike
The Kookie Kutter
70 Salem
Tree planters
Madeleine’s bike
Across the Universe
4th anniversary
Silver Lake
Kenny vs. Spenny
The Dark Knight
My Puma shoes
Sappy Fest
Packed lunches
The Kite Runner
The Quarry
Bridge Street Café
Packages from home
Music …

Summer was a lot of things … but most of all it’s something intangible that’s more a feeling than a memory. It’s a feeling of change and struggle. It’s a feeling of happiness and comfortable friendship. It’s a feeling that makes me smile.

I don't recall a single care

Just greenery and humid air
Then Labour Day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin

As I sit on the verge of a new school year, I have to let go of summer. I find myself partly wishing that the summer could have gone on forever. I loved my house, I loved my roommates, I loved the changes I saw in myself and the people around me. It was a different kind of life. In many ways it was a better life. I didn’t want to come back to this room in Thornton … this one room that will be my home for the next eight months.

But … now that I’m back in Thornton and people are slowly coming back, I find myself accepting and even looking forward to the next eight months. I’ve come out of this summer feeling older, more prepared and much happier. I’ve come out of this summer with closer, stronger friendships.

It’s time to let the summer go and prepare for this next phase of my life … time to shed my summer skin …

On the night you left I came over
And we peeled the freckles from our shoulders
Our brand new coats so flushed and pink
And I knew your heart I couldn't win
Cause the seasons change was a conduit
And we left our love in our summer skin.