Summer’s End

I sit here this morning, contemplating the end of summer and the quickly approaching autumn and winter.

I find myself saddened that the warm months are at an end.

Some of you will understand how far from normal this is for me …. me that has always loved winter and cold and snow. Me that loves fleece and flannel and heavy sweaters. Me that loves curling up in front of the fire with a hot cup of coffee and a good book while the snow swirls past the windows outside.

Me that has disliked the heat and humidity and creepy-crawlies that summer seems to fling at us.

The ‘old’ me loved going out and walking in the middle of a snowstorm, feeling the stinging cold on my cheeks.

The ‘old’ me loved being out at night, listening to the still hush where knee-deep snow muffled all sound and brought a bright peacefulness to the landscape while the stars winked at me from the cold sky.

The ‘old’ me loved flying down the mountain on two thin boards, or slowly drifting back and forth across the steep slope, feeling free, as if I could fly. There was an invigorating sense of peace and, at the same time daring, that came with the choice of whether to go full-out or whether to just glide on that smooth surface.

ME SKIING 2B2

Feelings I miss now that I am actually old me and not in any shape to be on that mountain on two thin boards.

The ‘new’ old me has seen two summers now that have gone by too quickly and two winters that have seemed colder and longer than I remember them being.

The ‘new’ old me has found the heat from the summer gentler and more soothing on aching joints ….. but still not quite able to handle temps in the 90’s.

The ‘new’ old me is not looking forward to those aches and pains that show up with a vengeance when the temps hit the 40’s.

But, at the same time, we are approaching my favorite time of year … November and December ….. Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A time to praise our Lord and Savior for His abundant blessings.

A time to remember that He was born and then died to give us everlasting life.

So, I guess, as I look forward to all that the holiday season brings, I will pull out the flannel and the fleece and stock up on my French Roast; gather up my Bible and my Kindle and prepare to settle in for the duration.

Will you join me?

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com   2018

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THE LONG DAYS OF A CHILDHOOD SUMMER

The road to my mother’s house is a narrow country road that
winds up through a wooded hill.  It is a
secondary, town road, one that oozes tar when it is hot; and that makes popping
sounds when driven on; or stomped on by small kids’ sneakers.

As I drove away from there today, the sound of that tar
popping beneath the truck tires took me back to my childhood, and the seemingly
endless hot days of those long ago summers.

I was reminded of riding our bikes over that hot tar,
listening to the popping of those bubbles as it competed with the clacking
noise of the playing cards that were pinned to the spokes of the tires. We had
such fun stomping on those tar bubbles until the ‘lesson’ taught by our dad
when we tracked that tar into the house.

The wood started at the edge of the lawn, where berry bushes
continue to grow.  There were
thorn-apple trees that earned the wood its nickname, ‘the thorn lot’.

Paths wound through the trees, making their way to the creek
that meandered down from the hill above.
I always liked to imagine that those paths were made by long ago
Indians; when in reality they were from my brothers…brothers who were enough
older to have made them before I was old enough to play there.

In the spring, the trees would be alive with red-winged blackbirds
and starlings, turning the quiet country day into a symphony of sound that I
miss today.

The small creek continues past my mother’s, down over the
hill and into the lake. It cuts through the hill, creating a steep bank at the
edge of the road.

The creek bed is flat rock, just right for sitting on while
the water rushes around you.  My
brothers and I would wade through that cold water, finding tadpoles and
salamanders while watching the water spiders dance over the surface.

In the spring, the water would rush, ice cold and fast, down
over the rocks to be swallowed in the water of the lake below.  In the summer, it would slow and thin out,
waiting for a good soaking rain to get it running again through the willows
that lined its banks.

There are massive trees that still stand there, and elder
willows that have split in half, making natural enclosed seating for those that
want to climb up into them.  Some of
these willows lean over the creek, making round bridges to crawl out over the
water.

Most of the wood is gone today, cleared out for new people
that want a piece of that quiet country life.

The memories, however, remain to be taken out and treasured
during the hectic days that make up our adult lives.

© Drusilla Mott and https://drusillamott.wordpress.com, 2011