It’s Sunday morning and I am slowly getting a start to the new week. I am on my second cup of coffee and Ivy has been outside on patrol and she’s back inside. She’s curled up at my feet beneath the desk where I do much of my thinking and writing.
Friday was my birthday. It was also the coldest day of school year so far. I checked the temperature and it was 16°F. I smiled and thought back to when I was 16 years old. I’ve grown up, but in many ways, I am still that kid who at the age of 16 was looking ahead at the future and wondering and dreaming. It’s been 40 years since that birthday. You can do the math, but I don’t feel like a 56 year-old, however a 56 year old should feel.
Age is a number and it’s temporary. I am constantly learning and growing, or I should be.
Yesterday, I slept late. It was nice to sleep past my normal weekday wake up time of 4:30 AM.
It’s Fall and the cold weather has zapped the trees and the fallen leaves have covered the lawn like a thick blanket with leaves sticking in the beds along the foundation and fences, wherever there might be a stopping point from the wind.
The leaves are temporary. They sprout in the Spring and last until the Fall. The cycle is lasts a little less than 200 days from mid-April to early November, sometimes longer, sometimes shorter depending on the year. We have a couple of trees that are now leafless and several trees which are relentlessly holding on to their leaves. By the end of the month, the trees will release their grip and the leaves will fall to the ground.
Yesterday, we spent a couple of hours raking and bagging leaves in the yard as a family and one of O’s friends joined us. O and her friend worked hard and we were able to clean up the yard for the afternoon. O and her friend made raking leaves fun by playing in the leaf pile before bagging them. This morning, I looked out across the yard and I noticed new leaves covering the yard and the deck. Our job was only temporary, we’ll be back out in the yard next weekend, and the next weekend, until all of this year’s leaves are raked, bagged, and gone.
There are so many things in life that are temporary – leaves and birthdays are among them. It’s important to spend those temporary moments doing what is really important and that’s spending time with family.
Sunday means a new week and new chance at making a new start. Like the leaves and birthdays, a new week is temporary. It’s new for a week, then it’s old. A new week means new learning, new plans, and, lots of learning and growing.
It’s gonna be a great week and it’s gonna be great day, so I’d better get a jump start on the day and jump in, jump out, and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day of raking leaves, a day celebrating a birthday, and one day at a time, because that’s how it rolls.
How will you spend a ‘temporary’ moment today or this week?
Today’s post is in response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Temporary. For this week’s challenge, share a photo that says “temporary” to you. As always, you can take the theme in any direction you see fit — from the natural world to the human, and from the concrete to the abstract. I look forward to browsing your photos!