Stevie Nicks sings to us in “Landslide”
“Oh, mirror in the sky – What is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
I don’t know, I don’t know.”
This morning marked the end of summer. The weather has turned, much cooler and damper thanks to the low pressure system and the cool front converging in eastern Tennessee. All the kids are plugged into their respective situations, and happily so I might add. It occurred to me as I walked Zeke this morning that is also the end of the summer of our lives. We are in our mid-fifties now, the kids are for the most part grown up and the season of our lives has changed. We now get to enjoy the bounty of the harvest of our life. Not that we will stop growing but that the reaping will begin as our children take mates and begin having their own children. The bounty of our lives includes the wisdom gained from years lived, virtues like patience and wisdom that can only be attained with time and experience. We have developed skill sets that aren’t especially unique but require the practice of doing over and over to perfect. So as we look over what we have sown in our lives the reaping will be joyful indeed.
Autumn will bring color, and smells to our lives that we have yet to experience. I am looking forward to day trips on the weekends, hikes, cooking, and entertaining other adults. the smell of burning piles of leaves, football games, holidays, and cool evenings on the deck. I am excited about what lies ahead for us. We will have intentional time together instead of carpools passing in the night, we can afford better quality food since quantity won’t be the driving force in the decisions of what to buy. We can use more spices and more exotic preparation techniques since we won’t have little tongues to please with bland flavors and textures. Yes sir I am excited about the change of the seasons.