As I make plans to attend my high school reunion which is aptly titled, “You do the math…”, I’m counting the number of people who won’t be joining us. We recently had another alum pass away, guess I’m at ‘that’ age. Perhaps it is apropos that my high school classmate’s death is marked by the end of summer. Seems a transitional time, as we enter fall and look upon life with a new found respect.
The crisp air heightening our senses and we breathe deeper, our nostrils inhaling all the rich scents. We are a bit more aware of the waning hours and covet the fading sun. No more dog days of summer, wasting away the hours. There is a realization that time is slipping away and friends, loved ones, things we hold dear are not always going to be there.
Just like the alarm clock going off on those chilly Autumn mornings, when we reach for the snooze button, it’s easier to roll over and do nothing for another 5 or 10 minutes. Like that wake up call, there is a feeling of needing to get things done; being active; getting out there; seeing and doing- even when the body and mind are yearning to do nothing.
We seem to lose more than we find at this age, our car keys, glasses, parent, lover…. The good part is the things we do find are valued; appreciation of the gifts and blessings. Sweet smell of pumpkin pies and taste of apple cider, harvesting all we have worked so hard to sow. At least that’s the hope, perhaps we will remember to be kinder and more loving. Taking time to be in the moment and rejoice the gift that each day is.
Hopefully as we turn the page, ‘to every season’…we find purpose, faith, happiness, love and do so more abundantly.
To those we’ve lost, always far too soon; I pledge to hold you dear to my heart and treasure our time together, no matter how brief. I am richer for having known you and your passing makes me stronger, wiser and more passionate. Thank you for sharing your life with me and being a thread in the tapestry of my life.
“Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” ~ J.M. Barrie