I guess summer probably feels fleeting no matter where you live.
But I think it’s pretty fair to say that around 53 and north, it’s especially so. You have maybe four months of the year where you can take your bike somewhere and be almost positive (nothing is a given) that you’re not going to get snowed in. Maybe the fact that it doesn’t even start to get dark until 10:30 or so evens everything out, as though the days are stretching out intentionally to make up for lost time. Golden light permeates the trees and demands your attention, drawing even the quasi-agoraphobic suburbanites out of their sterile cul-de-sacs.
I am squeezing everything I can out of this particular summer because Edmonton is currently hemorrhaging people I love. I am trying to not let this make me sad and mostly succeeding. My friend Tyler is very level-headed and calm and reminds me to be excited for change and for the growth in the lives of friends. But I am selfish and needy and I don’t know who is going to host the parties that inevitably devolve into atrocious dancing to the dirtiest hip-hop and I know that we’re not 21 anymore but I don’t want it to stop.
Well. Thermodynamically I guess nothing is ever created or destroyed, right? Just transferred. What I do with this particular transfer is up to me, and what they do is up to them. But in the meantime, being in the business of moment-preservation, I am going to my very best to make sure there is a record of this place, this wonderful time. And let me tell you: with basically three hours of sunset in June/July, this city can be a hell of a backdrop sometimes.
I’ve started doing something I’ve been wanting to do ever since I got a 5s about a year ago: make a little iPhone movie every day. My plan is to string something longer together at the end of the summer out of all the little moments I capture. For now, you can check out the little snippets on my Instagram account: @dylanrhyshoward .
Hold on to those warm moments with friends, friends. Hold on, hold on, hold on.
Until next time.
Dylan – Edmonton, AB