Acceptance, the final stage

Those close to me know that I’ve been mourning the imminent loss of summer for a few weeks. The dread hit me in the face a few weeks ago when I happened to glimpse some geese roughly flying in the shape of a V.

For a while I was in denial and I tried to ignore the darker mornings and slight chill in the air as I left for work each day. I also went through a stage of minor depression as I mourned the fact that there would be no more after work “dates” with my husband on the patio.

This morning I woke up to the sound of rain on the skylight in our ensuite. At first I didn’t realize what it was because it hasn’t rained that much for a while. Then something happened that moved me forward in my “grieving” for the loss of summer.

My husband rolled over and put his arm around me and we cuddled under the quilt for a while. Just a quiet few minutes, listening to the rain fall, enjoying the sound of the Yorkie’s breathing, and feeling safe and secure in my husband’s arms, and my mind began to wander to what this change of seasons will bring.

I have some indoor projects that I’ve been neglecting as I’ve been spending as much time as possible enjoying the summer sunshine. The Pacific Northwest rainy season is a good time to put on a crock pot meal and head up to the sewing room to spend an afternoon. There are a number of used bookstores in the area that I have not yet had a chance to explore since we arrived last year.

So here I am now in the final stage of the grieving process. Acceptance. Autumn, I welcome you.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. There’s something about autumn here in New England that invites a nesting feeling, fire in the fireplace, warm colors, comfort of a delicious meal simmering. Hope your autumn is filled with color and contentment!

  2. Yesterday was the last day of good weather for us. Living a little east of you–we know the rain is coming, perhaps, tonight. Yes, the crock pot will certainly come out and I have some aprons to create on the sewing machine. I am so sad for summer to fade away, but I’m looking forward to the comfort of a warm fire, good books, holiday baking and family traditions.
    Nice posting!

  3. I’m actually glad to see the cooler weather. I’m looking forward to all the comfort foods, soft blankets, sweaters, etc. that are to come.
    Thank you for your encouraging words and your prayers.

  4. You know Pat, I just fully realized you are in WA state! Not D.C. Duh! When I began to read about your weather it dawned on me. My daughter lives in Seattle and she too has talked of the rain and changees in the weather.
    We moved to Florida for the sunshine! However you Northwesterners do it is beyond me!
    Can I tell you it is sunny and 85 here today!!:)

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