Seasonal Changes

We’re mid-way through autumn. I only know it because the calendar says so. The reality of our days is that one blurs into the next, week after week, month after month. This is our third fall dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, and after all this time, although Public Health Authority restrictions have eased, we’re still taking precautions and it feels like nothing will ever change…that this is our forever.

But things have changed and are changing. People are missing from our lives now — we’ve lost four dear friends, and two family members during the pandemic, all without ever having a chance to say goodbye.

One inevitable reality of passing time is aging and loss, and that’s something for which there’s no immunity.

While the weeks, months and years have been blending into each other, subtle changes have slowly become not-so-subtle. For the last twenty-six years my hubby and I have loved living on our rural acreage, but lately we’ve found its everyday upkeep is requiring increasingly more energy than we can sometimes muster. We’ve always been blessed with relatively good health, but it’s becoming obvious that it’s time to downsize to something more manageable.

Will we miss the privacy and tranquility of our ‘Wildwood Acres’ and its wonderful neighbourhood? Undoubtedly! Are we enjoying the current upheaval in our normally comfortable lifestyle? Definitely not! But change is always an adventure. God has led us through many of them in the past, and we trust Him as we explore this new path into our future…another new season in our lives.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” [Jeremiah 29:11]

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Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

4 thoughts on “Seasonal Changes

  1. I’m sorry for your losses. It is hard and, like you, we’re also downsizing this coming year. All the stairs and our sloping driveway and terraced backyard is becoming too tough to care for, especially in this snowy weather.

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