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The Slightest Chill - A Short Story


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The Slightest Chill

The slightest chill can tell an entire story. One moment it’s hot, the sun is beating down and people are swimming at the beach. After the slightest chill, however, the story shifts, and the leaves are falling from the trees.

The turning of the season is such a sensitive time. One moment it’s hot and the next it’s cold. Yesterday you could be out in a tank top and shorts but tonight you are digging a hoodie out of the closet.

August, it is still technically summer but you can’t help but be reminded of Autumn while speaking the word. August is the start of the fall towards… well, fall. You may still be going swimming and having BBQs and doing all those Summer activities, but the days are getting shorter and the air is getting colder.

Enjoy it while you can, the warm weather that is, because depending on where you live that warmth will not last and the Winter will be cold. Fall is a time of preparation and slowing down. The Earth is either dying or going into hibernation, and you don’t want to be part of the former. Typically, Fall would be the time to start preparing the food stock for Winter, making jams and pickling goods. While we don’t need to do that in the modern world, there are other things we do in preparation. We make sure our winter coats fit and that our snowshoes don’t leak. We stock up on heavier foods such as bread and soups to warm us up from the cold. We make sure that our cars don’t need repairs and that our roofs are sturdy. We still prepare.

But we still have time before that. August… September… October… We still have time for another celebration before our eyelashes become coated with snowflakes. The Fall is still bountiful with apples, onions, potatoes, and more because while Fall is a part of the death half of the circle, there’s still a bit of life left.

So remember that when you are hanging with your friends outside the pool with your newly uncovered hoodie. Death is coming and it starts with the slightest chill.

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