The End Of Summer

Swimming pool
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
They drained the pool.

Yep, it's that time of year already. On my bike rides around the park, I noticed the public swimming pool was bone dry. I loved whizzing past and hearing the sounds of laughter and water. Talk about the sound of summer. Delicious.

I find that as I get older, the seasons go by faster.

Yesterday was one of those warm still-summer days in New York, and I happened to be in the garden. Along with a wonderful array of herbs and perennials, there are several pear trees. The pears were nearly ripe enough to pick, and for some unknown reason I ached a little at the notion of the summer going by so quickly.

The flowers that were still in bloom were nearing the home stretch, weary from a season of so much color and show. They looked like they needed a rest.

When we were kids, summer days were endless. Now a whole season goes by and we can barely catch our breath.

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By Harry Smith
By Harry Smith