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 Autumn Of Her Life " by Diana
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?
Diana, I loved the poem and yes we seem to be on the same wavelength. as for being an empty nester. I never had any kids so I am not too sure, I think your days will still be flying by, hugs.
Empty nesting was not an issue with me. I figured it would be, but no. I was so delighted to see the kinds out and living their lives that it just didn't happen. But I've restarted my life since being widowed. I wish I had some great wisdom, but I just don't. I stumbled through it, kept as busy as I could, met new people, tried new experiences, and soon found myself enjoying life tremendously. I suspect you'll be fine, Di. You're already strong and creative! You go, girl!
Yes, we are empty nesters except for the one who is still here! Ha! Our adult daughter lives with us which is just fine. We travel a great deal so she is here with the dogs and the house. We have plenty of space so she has an area of her own.
We Canadians are pleased to send you are cold air, since you guys send us so much of your hot air. (it's a joke)
Beautiful post, Di! And I often think about what it will be like to be empty-nesters, but I don't think that will be happening for awhile. If/when it happens I think it will feel strange.
My life has gone through so many changes, especially the last six or seven years. So many upheavals, so many losses, so many unwanted changes. But along with that came many Blessings too.
I don't think much about re-starting life. Ray and I just agree to enjoy the good times and count the Blessings that come our way in between all the 'crap' that life throws at us.
Take care, Di.
Love to you,
PS ~ Just read your last post and I love the dining room! Nice job! The color makes me feel like Fall! I have always loved the colors of Fall. Your homes looks warm and inviting, and it must feel so good to have tackled that big project!
Love you!, E
How are you doing? Sorry being not thr on your blog lately. but was thinking about you!
How are you doing?
Have a beautiful Day!
Oh my goodness Di! If you posted that poem last year I missed it. You need to consider writing and publishing your poems. It was beautiful and such wonderful sentiment.
I don't know where the time goes, or why it goes faster? I think that is probably one of the mysteries of life.
Empty nesting was hard for me...but fun too. We made the biggest transition of our lives all at once. We moved from a house that Bob built (our dream home) away from our children...and new born first grandson, rented a tiny little home here in where we live now, the Bob built ANOTHER home 3 years later which we now have lived in for 5 years! And to top it off our move was on "Mothers Day"! The first Mothers Day I ever spent ALONE! I was so busy unpacking I didn't have time to be sad. Life goes on, and with the love of my life we tackle everything! Empty nesting can be a challenge and....pure heaven! LOL love you...hugs and smiles
The Empty nest is bitter and sweet, Di - but necessary for everyone's growth! You already have so many projects and hobbies waiting in the wings, you'll be just fine. I remember that poem - I like the images it brings to my mind.
Di, you have such a positive outlook, an Empty Nest will just give you more time to enjoy life on your own terms...maybe you will have time to "write" more. I remember loving your poem last year Di, it has a peaceful flow to it. Keep warm and don't stay too busy!
Wonderful post, pictures, sentiments and real-time life experiences. You are a natural.
Now, about the empty nest- I had NO problem with it at all. Skipp and I adjusted to our "couple time' easily. :-) You and Jake have such a wonderful relationship that I think you both will adjust easily too. Happy November to you :-)
You will have more time for writing poems...and you will find your nest will not be as empty as you think. God provides as we age a peaceful contentment.
Oh dear Di, I would love to experience that winter chill! But when? It's in my long list of to do's in the next ten years, should I still be around planet earth...lols...:-)
And I didn't know you're a wonderful poetess...I love your verses and they mean so much to us, us who are very near our twilight years...
and yes, what are we here for especially when kids started leaving nest though temporary just to earn a degree, but when they have flown nest permanently, i dunno how could live each day...sad!
Cheer up...all of us go there, one at a time!
LOve you Di and I love this post and poem of yours,
I kind of went from full time mom right into grandma. Although I am technically an empty nester, I sure don't feel like it. With our children and their families living right next door, I get to spend time with the grands every single day.
I am blessed.
Sorry for the cold air Di, asked them to send you warmer air. Wonderful poem, you do have a gift with words. Glad you are enjoying your children and Grandchildren. October is my favorite part of the Fall. November kind of makes one think that snow will be here soon enough. Well we got May to look forward to. Oh, don't forget to move your clock back tonight.
Blogland is giving me a hard time so hopefully this comment goes through!
There aren't as many empty nests around as one would think cuz they keep coming back! It was hard but part of the life cycle...maybe more like a tricycle which I would probably be better at than I was with the dumb bicycle that you're never supposed to forget how to ride!
blessings and hugs to you!
Hi Diana! Just wanted to check on you and find out if you've had the knee replacement surgery or not. Hope you're not in too much pain these days! Take care and loads of love :)
I guess you could say we were empty nesters from the the start of our marriage, since I had no children of my own and my husband's two were grown. We were then "adopted" by a 14 year old girl with many emotional problems but who became like our third child and she was in and out of our house for a few years and then off to serve in the military and now she has a child of her own. So we are empty nesters once again. I suppose since it has been only the two of us for most of our time together, we've always been empty nesters and don't really know anything different. We stay busy and although "retired," we both still work...John full time and me part time (just got a new job today!!)
I am sure you will stay busy and I bet you end up volunteering your time to help others. I do a bit of that too and love it.
As for your poem...I simply love it! So positive and uplifting...and that is why I feel sure you will be just fine when the time comes for that nest to be empty! Love you, Vicki
The empty nest is bitter-sweet. I do so miss having children living in my home. Yet, I would not hold them back. I am so glad that they are able to move forward and fly from the nest. I guess sometimes I was disapointed and wished they would look back and wave more often but this is better than not maturing at all. I do love the fall. Today we walked in a state park and had a beautiful, wonderful time. I am thoroughly enjoying the autumn of my life but I am not looking forward to the winter season.
Wonderful post. Very moving. I loved it.
I'm an empty nester with my youngest, 16 who decided he wanted to try military school in new Mexico. I grieved for six weeks, but am happy that he's happy. I'm 53. No grandkids as I had my kids from 30 onwards. I feel like this is finally my husband and my time.
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