Episode 29: The End of Summer


The last bits of summer are all around you, bike rides, the beach, stargazing, barbecues, fresh baked pies and more.

The last day at the beach, the air crisp and cool, even the waves coming in softer, gentler.

Making a peach pie from scratch, rolling out the pie crust, slicing the peaches and when it comes out of the oven - warm and flaky, that sweet smells stays with you all day.

Sitting on the screened in porch in the chair that you loved, listening to the sounds outside and around you, the porch light casting a friendly glow.

The sounds of kids outside walking home from school at the end of the day.

A barbecue with friends, cold drink in your hand, you end up laughing so hard, you can’t remember who started it.

A bonfire on the beach, the smoky smell of wood lingering in the air, you look up to see the warm glow of familiar faces all around, content in that moment.

Watching a movie outdoors with your friends, drinking a glass of wine and enjoying the heat of the day dissolving into that chill of early evening.

Visiting an apple orchard, climbing a wooden ladder to pull apples off the twisted branches, you brushed one off on your shirt and bite into it - sweet, crunchy, delicious.

At night, June bugs find their way to rest on screen door, illuminated by the full moon and cicadas singing a song long into the night that lulls you to sleep.

A road trip with a good friend, perhaps it’s only a day or two, it’s good to be gone for a bit, it’s good to go and be elsewhere.

An aimless bike ride around the neighborhood, the wind feels good on your skin.

Promising yourself that you’ll remember how this summer felt, how it changed you in a dozen, small, imperceptible ways.

Homemade popsicles that melt too fast but taste oh so sweet and cold.

Hiking to the top of your favorite hill at sunset, not in a rush, just enjoying the blue melting into gold and pinks deepening again to something even more beautiful.

Canoeing out in the center of the lake, the gentle waves lapping the boat as you pushed your oar in, strong and certain.

Curled up in a blanket in the dead of night, neck craned up towards the sky, you keep your eyes open and you see star after star shoot across the infinite darkness, a meteor shower that lasts for hours.

That subtle feeling in the air, fall is coming.



Happiness Spells Podcast is a five minute list of all the greatest pleasures and smallest joys in life. Increase your capacity for positivity, curiosity and gratitude. New episodes every Monday and Thursday.

This episode of Happiness Spells was written, arranged, recorded and produced by Amanda Meyncke in Los Angeles, California. Our music is by Chris Zabriskie.

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