As much as I love summertime, there is something about this time of year that puts an extra kick in my step. I think it’s the cooler weather—the chilly nights, falling leaves, and crisp air just give us all a different feeling. Back in the day, autumn used to be my favorite time of the year. Then the light bulb went off, and I realized what was coming next! Well, I’ve really been making a concerted effort to live life “in the now,” and I guess this is just another lesson in doing just that!
When we think of autumn in Nebraska, Husker football comes to mind…sitting around a fire pit with friends and family and cranking up the fireplaces in our homes. It is a “cozy” time of year. We can haul out the slow cookers and make hearty meals that have that wonderful aroma when we walk in the door! The nesting instinct kicks in as we hunker down for the winter coming our way. Brings a smile to my face just to think of it!
I’ve often wondered what it would be like to live somewhere it was warm all year long…southern California or Florida, to be exact. I’ve visited these two states on multiple occasions, usually in January, February, or March. It’s such a great reprieve from our winters in Nebraska. As I think it through, though, and talk with transplants in these areas from up north, a lot of them miss it. I read a story years ago about how many Floridian transplants were moving to South Carolina. They missed the seasons.
Hmmm. I guess it made me think about where I want to live in my “golden years.” I’ve come to the realization that I will probably spend them here in Omaha. My kids and grandkids are here. My brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews are here. (I now have ANOTHER great-nephew…Fox Thomas McClelland, born September 7, 2016. Welcome to the family!) How could anyone leave that?
So, I am adjusting to the winters. I now have a true WINTER coat. Makes a huge difference. (Thank you, Manny!) I was one of those people who went into denial about winter weather; I thought that if I didn’t wear a winter coat, it wasn’t really cold. Wrong.
Let’s relish in the crisp air, the “real” clothes that we all now wear, and live in the moment. And let’s not forget trick-or-treating!
We’ll talk next month.
Positive Thought of the Month
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”—Bil Keane