03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Good News Is: Fall Came Instead of Warming

The Good News:

The good news is that the cold waters from the north came in today along with the ducks that have been playing in the arctic all summer. The big waves ripped into the sand dikes we built to protect us from the winter storms. The pelicans hover and dive straight into the water, spinning as they fall to scoop up innocent fish swimming close to the surface. The fresh crisp air blows the dust of summer away and seagulls float on the winds, as a sense of joy fills my heart.

The Bad News

The bad news is, I was relieved. Somewhere inside me I feared that the summer would never end, that the shift in the seasons I have experienced all my life might have given way to global warming. Feeling this relief made me realize how I have worried about our climate. For now I released the thoughts of our grandchildren never experiencing the shift of seasons again, of them living in a hot dusty world searching for clean water. I thought, well, maybe we are okay. Maybe people are overstating this global warming problem, but maybe not. Is this fear I feel coming from the facts or just another blast of negative expectations coming from the media. I don't know, but the fear still haunts me.