Change of Seasons

For the first time in many years I find I’m embracing the change of seasons.

It seemed we barely had a summer this year so I expected to go into autumn kicking and screaming even more than I usually do.

That hasn’t been the case.

Yes, it’s dark in the morning when I leave for work, but we’re not yet at that horrible time of year when it’s also dark when I come home from work.

The days have been cloudy, wet, and gray, just right for staying indoors and catching up on projects.

We’re returning to the season of comfort food; I made chicken and dumplings for dinner yesterday.

There’s something so cozy about snuggling in bed listening to the sound of rain falling on the skylight in the en-suite.

There is finally something on TV worth watching.

I’m so thankful for this past summer and the special memories that were made with my family, but I wonder if every day was sunny and warm would I appreciate them as much? Without autumn there wouldn’t be winter; without winter there wouldn’t be spring; and without spring there wouldn’t be those glorious days of summer sunshine.

It’s like my life. I wouldn’t want to be in the spring or summer of my life forever. I appreciate the wisdom and sense of being settled comes with maturity. I’d rather be fifty than thirty any day.

Perhaps it’s because I have learned to appreciate the gifts that aging has given me that helps me to appreciate the change of seasons more this year. Whatever the reason, I’m thankful for it.


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. Good post. I’m not a fan of autumn unless I’m looking at leaves changing color and crisp, dry days. I happen to be in Alberta, Canada, right now, enjoying just that.

    1. Wishing I was in Alberta, Canada too! That’s where my grands live!

  2. That was a terrible short summer! I love Autumn, but this year it seemed to come quickly and cool down faster than usual. The leaves barely had time to change and were dropping off the trees. We turned the heat up today, and we’ve had a few sticks in the fire already. Please winter…hold off just a little while longer. I’m just not ready yet!! Great post Linda!

    1. I’m not ready for winter either, Carmen. Though I would take a sunny and snowy day over month after month of clouds and rain!

  3. Lovely perspective Linda. I find comfort in the predictable transition of the seasons, inevitable like aging. Autumn is my favorite of all seasons and I too have learned to appreciate “nesting” in the winter. Every season has its own beauty. Very nice post! Thank you for sharing.
    PS- those chicken and dumplings sound so good 🙂

  4. I too was not ready for summer to leave me here in the PNW — after all, it just got started! But I do enjoy the crisp air, I don’t even mind the mist and rain if I’m dressed for it. I also appreciate your lovely and gentle post; thank you. 🙂

  5. Dear Linda, as DJan said, your posting today is “lovely and gentle.”

    Like you, I love autumn with its crisp air and vibrant colors. I love walking on the fallen leaves too.
    Snuggling down in the bedcovers is such a delight.

    Your post made me hungry. Not for chicken and dumplings–I’m a vegetarian. But for a good pot of lentil, tomato, and vegetable soup. Yummy!


    1. Soup. The ultimate in comfort food!

  6. we had a hotter than you know what summer here in Texas…but it is still my favorite time of year…no where near ready for winter…we have awhile though her….we still have 90 degree day…

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