Two days ago it was summer, sunny and 92 degrees. We went for an after work swim in the lake. Yesterday it was fall, breezy and 70 degrees. We harvested the onions from the garden.
The in-between season has arrived. Summer has given its notice to vacate and fall is preparing to move in. The signs are everywhere. Some are subtle hints while others are in-your-face obvious.
- Color shift. Nature is gently shifting from green to gold. Trees that were a Kodachrome green a month ago now have some golden tints.
- Fewer hummingbirds. My fuschia plants attract hummingbirds throughout the summer. Visits by these little birds have dropped in recent weeks.
- Less garden produce. Our garden is in transition as we tear out summer crops to make room for some winter ones. The winter garden will be smaller and we’ll rest some beds.
- Less daylight. The time between sunrise and sunset is shrinking.
- Parks and beaches are less crowded. The weather is till pleasant but fewer people are flocking to local parks, beaches and trails.
- Back to School. Families with kids are busy preparing for the start of the new school year. Retailers are holding Back to School sales.
What signs have you noticed of summer’s impending departure and fall’s arrival?
I found myself in between life chapters when my job of 20 years ended last December. Happily, I’m about to begin a new chapter when I start my new job next week.
We leave some things behind when we close one chapter to start a new one. Like a book, some lovable characters, favorite haunts and familiar routines from the previous chapter may not carry forward to the next one. It can feel sad and scary to leave the familiar behind.
But we must close the chapter and move to the next one if we are ever to finish the book.
As my career of two decades drew to its conclusion, I bid farewell to colleagues, volunteers and acquaintances, realizing that many of them would not continue into the next chapter. I gave myself some time to pause and reflect on the end of my job and the end of my organization as I knew it (it was merged into a larger one), to re-read that chapter of my life.
But I am finished with that chapter and ready for the next one to unfold. New characters will be introduced and some old favorites will return. The setting will change and the plot will twist as it follows the mission of my new organization.
So the story will continue.
Night is turning to day earlier now and the birds wake me up. The temperature is mild at 45 degrees, so I drink my coffee on the deck. The air is moist and coats objects with its wetness.
I stroll around the yard and through the garden, marveling at how quickly weeds move in. This is the spot. I crouch and clear some weeds. There it is–a rhubarb leaf. I pull the rest of the weeds around it, giving it room to grow.
Spring is here.
For the first time in my adult life I am without a job. The small nonprofit that I dedicated my energy and passion to for 20+ years merged with a bigger entity and poof! My position was eliminated at the close of 2015. Continue reading