I just came into the house from walking my dogs, Ruby and Roxy.
It's finally here!
The November Chill.
Oh it's been on it's way.
We've had some beautiful Autumn days.
I had my sweatshirt jacket on while my dogs were wearing their furs.
It somehow seems unfair!
I have been thinking lately of bringing my winter coat out of the closet. I suppose that will happen soon.
They say, those weather people, that we are getting some cold Canadian air swooping in. Don't my hips know that's true!
But I will handle it just fine. My Canadian friends make it bearable with their wonderful humor.
We have been blessed this year in Southern Illinois.
Our Autumn has been spectacular this year.
The cool air makes me feel alive. So I am going to post a poem that I wrote last year.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The wind was cold and dry as it brushed against her cheeks .And even though she quickly felt the shiver of the wind flow over and around her skin,
It felt wonderful . It felt refreshing .
It made her feel alive .
The moon hung low in the sky,
glowing in beautiful warm shades of amber.
It was the harvest moon .
To her , it was the most splendid moon of the year .
She closed her eyes beneath the moonbeams
and she could hear the yellow, orange and red leaves
rustling past her silhouette.
One or two of the dried leaves touched her skin as she took
a very deep breath .
She imagined what the warm flames of the wood fire looked like
that someone unknown to her had lit in their fireplace.
That inviting scent mixed with the smoky scent of burning leaves
lingering in the air , filled her lungs and brought a smile to her face.
And while all of this was a special treat to her senses, she was getting colder now and realized that she would soon have to go back inside.
These magical days of this season were fleeting now
as were the magical years of her life .
The days grew shorter as did the years.
Yes she was getting colder now as well as older.
It was time to come in out of the chill to warm her body .
But her mind would always remain warm filled with the thoughts
and feelings of this beautiful season
and this beautiful life.
So there you have it. My thoughts about this Beautiful time of year.
There are so many things happening in my life right now.
In five weeks it will be a year since my mom passed away. This still just seems so odd to me.
In six weeks my last child will be getting her drivers license. This still just seems odd to me.
Where does the time go? Better yet, why does it go faster as we get older? Wouldn't one think that it would slow down as we get older?
Well I certainly don't have the answers. I'm still trying to figure out what the heck my purpose is !
Three children, two grandchildren so far.
Maybe that's it.
Maybe that is what I was meant to do.
I am grateful for what I have accomplished. My children and grandchildren are extraordinary. I was blessed.
But now that they are all on their way, I think that I would like to help others in some way.
How about you? What about you empty nesters?
I am not completely an empty nester but at 52 years old, I am thinking hard on the subject.
How have you, if you've been in this situation, restarted your life?
It is an exciting yet scary time.
Time for new ideas?