You can almost smell the change of seasons in the late summer's air.
As I was getting ready to do some outdoor chores today, it seemed that I was hearing the chirping of the birds & the buzz of the insects telling me that summer is almost gone. I'm not quite ready to let it go just yet, and I know that there are probably more hot & humid Indiana summer days to come, but I'm also looking forward to cool weather & less to do outdoors. I love the change of seasons & don't think I would want to live where we would miss out on the beautiful fall colors & even the winter to come.
This time of year also makes me sad. The late days of August remind me of my Dad's last visit here...how he sat in the recliner & watched his great-grandchildren play...how he held our little colic-y Carter & soothed him with his singing of "Oh My Darling Clementine"...and how he told me goodbye at the airport & said he wouldn't be back. He sensed what was to come.
Autumn also brings back the memories of Mom, of how she couldn't let that season pass without doing her "fall cleaning"! She would make sure the windows where spotless, the dust bunnies were caught out from all of the corners of the house, and the carpets were cleaned. I don't think I'll ever clean a window without being reminded of Mom's faithful seasonal cleaning. But somehow, in the busyness of my life, I'm not quite the housekeeper that she was!
This time of year also reminds me of new things! Parker was born in September & he was the beginning of a healing for my heart. And then there is my baby sister, Carol...born that September when I was 15! So I must get out of my melancholy mood & go pull up the weeds in my gardens, grab the Bounty paper towels & herbal Windex & get to work! There is much fall cleaning to be done around this place & it won't happen while I think of times gone by.
Have a fun filled Labor Day Weekend & enjoy the season's change!