And She’s Gone (Summer, That Is)

summersunIt’s now officially Fall.

Believe it or not, Fall is my second-favorite season, after Summer.

So, in my own personal economy of seasons, I’m not totally upset by what’s the come over the next few months. The truth is, after September 21st, the season of allowable complaints about the weather not being hot enough…is officially over. That’s right. You heard me. No more complaints from me, this year, that it’s not hot enough.

Even though we didn’t have a decent streak of 100-degree days all Summer…
Even though we did not have one single “hot August night”….
(Not a real one. Go and look it up…)

Summer’s Gone.

So, all the complaining that Summer wasn’t hot enough is pointless now, and in the past.
Because Summer is Summer. And Fall is Fall.
So, bring on the Fall.

I love it too.

The season of complaining that it’s not hot enough now officially goes into six month-haitus.

Of course, that only means that we’re a few short months away from the start of another season…
The season of complaining that it’s too cold.



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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of The Woods United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. For seventeen years, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas, Texas. Eric is an avid blogger and published author. Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy.

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