I think our life is much like the seasons of the year. Each has its own beauty and fun. Each has its own trials. In every one we learn something.
I think childhood and the teen years are like spring. Full of newness and discovery. Everything seems so simple in childhood. You have no real worries like what you are going to wear or eat or bills. Mommy and Daddy take care of those. In childhood you are so trusting. That is why the Lord tells us that to enter His kingdom we must become like a little child. He wants us to put our trust in Him like we did our parents.
My Mommy and me!
Oh, you do have the storms of life in childhood. That well deserved spanking, the bad grades, and dating. lol Some can be more serious like parents divorcing. Those would be the tornadoes of childhood. But, all in all, childhood is a good time full of fun.
Summer would have to be the college years and young adulthood. It’s the season you have long for during a spring that you thought would never end. Now here you are. You are leaving home to become your own person, with your own family, that is beginning to grow like a garden. It is a time of work, which means paying the bills, but that’s ok. You find satisfaction in watching your family, home and finances grow.
My late summer, early fall. Will is away. 😦
This season may be the one that we learn to trust again, this time in the Lord. We discover we can’t do this thing called life on our own. We need someone who will guide us and help us learn.
Then comes fall. Some might call this mid-life. Fall snuck-up on me. Summer was one day and fall was the next. The temperature dropped drastically. That was the day Will went off to college. Life changed forever for me. Then it got a little chiller when Kathy left the next week. I don’t have my family here everyday like I used to. I am becoming an empty-nester. Next August it will become even more empty when Kathy flies the coup forever and marries. I will have to build my first fire in two years when Dillon leaves for college. Yes, I have tears in my eyes. Life is getting somewhat colder. But, I like fall. I like watching my children become young adults moving into their summer years. I look forward to wrapping up in the blanket of grandparenthood to keep me warm. (Is grandparenthood a word? Is now.) Still, that is a few years off. Better be anyway!
My Man and I are going through a final storm of our summer before fall really kicks in. Like the last hurricane of the season, the economy has really set us back. But, with some hard work during the fall of our lives we will be alright for our winter. I am learning to trust even more in the Lord.
I watched my parents go through their winters. My mom’s was so short. I was barely out of the house when she found out she had cancer. She died at the young age of 61. She got to enjoy 5 of her 7 grandchildren before she left us. Will and Kathy were only 5 months old when she died, but she met her only granddaughter.
Daddy’s winter was longer. His winter was somewhat tough. His summer and especially his fall seemed like one storm after another and he just could barely keep his head above water. I think he had his regrets. Don’t we all? But, he learned in the end to trust again and that’s all that mattered.
Even though his winter was cold, he enjoyed the warmth of his family. Daddy got to meet all his grandchildren and even saw a couple of them reach the end of their springs. He was so proud of them all.
Daddy and Mama at my wedding
My winter is, hopefully, a long time in coming. I never have liked being cold so, I am trying to prepare as best I can now so that I can enjoy it fully. I know that as I learn to trust and become more obedient, my winter will be full of beauty and warmth.
I want to give Dillon a HUGE thank you for letting me use his computer this week while mine is down. I promise to delete everything I saved on your computer except the cross-country pictures. I thought you might like to have them. Love you!