Summer heat shocked my senses this week, almost as much as the change in my life from just two weeks ago.  As leaves, no longer brand new, deepen into green, my hope grows. So does my confidence. For the first time in over a year, I’ve smiled at strangers on the street, and they’ve seen me. They smiled back, and I saw them.

I found a pair of buildings I’m now obsessed with, completely overgrown, like something you see in articles about “lost cities.” This past year was kind of lost, and it seems fitting that nature has overtaken things.

I keep thinking of that old song, “Suddenly, Last Summer,” by  the Motels, for reasons that do not make perfect sense. I am hoping for more joy and peace this summer. Suddenly.

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