However, time moves on whether I am ready or not.
Watching and listening to the younger families go here and there with "concerned" looks on their faces remind me of my younger years toting my own boys around from practically sunrise to sunset. I was involved in carpools, after school activities, volunteering for what seemed like everything, and prepping for dinner mid afternoon just so a good, hot meal would be ready at different times of the day according to the schedules. Whew! Just writing about this tires me! Some days it is actually hard to imagine that we all survived those challenging but rewarding years.
This is the time of year that I feel the most in between of sorts. Living in a beach area is so much fun and has a more "let's stick with summer feel". I am still enjoying the boardwalk strolls and putting my toes in the cool sand. There is definitely less sunlight now, so it is quite noticeable that the days are growing shorter. I feel that all so gentle nudge to eat dinner a little earlier on the porch so that we can quickly clean up and head down to the beach to catch the GORGEOUS September sunsets. They are magnificent. God's masterpieces on display. No other explanations needed.
During the day the September sky has a unique glow all of its own. The color is azure with nary a white cloud. In the late afternoon, the tilt of the setting sun shines at a different angle in my family room. By 4:00pm, it is quite noticeable.
Also, the squirrels are scampering about collecting their food stash for the winter. They are hysterical at times, but when they dig into my potted plants, I am none to happy. I am fascinated at the signs given in nature to help us prepare for the seasonal changes ahead.
My body is trying to prepare for the upcoming season of Autumn. This.is.never.easy. However, since I am currently undergoing new treatments for managing my chronic M, I will step forward with more confidence and Hope than in past years.
How are you facing Fall? Are you ready for pumpkins, mums, and apple cider donuts? Do you like the refreshing cool, crisp air? Sweaters and boots? Fading daylight?
For me, I have one foot with a flip flop on firmly planted in summer sand while the other foot is inside my favorite boot firmly planted on Fall leaves.
Whatever season, just enjoy its gift.