Wow! I can hardly believe it’s almost October – my favorite month of the year! Every twelve months, I go on and on about my love for autumn until I’m sure others get bored with it. But I’m convinced that nothing compares to the beauty of this spectacular season.
Not only is it gorgeous, but it’s a restful time, too. Everything slows down and we have time to relax, at least for about a month and a half – until it’s time to prepare for the big Thanksgiving feast... followed by Christmas shopping, baking, decorating and all the joys of the holiday season.
It seems to me that every year passes a little faster than the last. Perhaps that’s only because I’m getting older. I think we learn to appreciate things more as we age. As youngsters, teen-agers and young adults, we’re so busy living our lives that we hardly have time to notice the beauty around us, let alone appreciate it!
As I ponder life’s different stages, I consider what it might be like if some things were reversed. Imagine having the patience and appreciation when we’re young that we've gained by the time we’re, say... in our mid-50’s. Wouldn’t that be nice? And how much better behaved would our children be if we had them later in life when we have more patience?
Sometimes it seems that a few things are backwards. When we’re raising our children, we’d give anything for a little time alone, but when we’re older and they’re on their own, we often find ourselves sad and lonely, and wonder why they never spend quality time with us. So many elderly couples spend their aging years alone together – the way they started out. Ironic, isn’t it? And one day, one of them is left to carry on without the other. That’s the saddest time of life!
But in the immortal words of a well-known fictional character, “I can’t think about that today, I’ll think about it tomorrow.”
In less than 48 hours, lovely October will make her appearance. It’s impossible for me to think about anything else!