“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home
by accepting and paying attention to what we already have.”
Judith Baxter, 1938 –
I am sure that when you saw the title of this blog you thought I was going to direct you to a YouTube offering of the song from Casablanca. Well, didn’t you?
And then there was that lovely sitcom in the UK called As Time Goes By. It starred Judi Dench (before she was a Dame) and Geoffrey Palmer as two people who had known each other years ago and then reconnected.
But today I am lamenting the change of the seasons. While Chris at 43 degrees N, together with my friends in the Northern Hemisphere, is looking forward eagerly to Spring, here in the Southern Hemisphere we are bemoaning the fact that Summer is passing.
Already we are noticing the days are growing shorter and there is a definite autumnal feel around, particularly in the morning before the sun breaks through. In fact, in four short weeks, Daylight Saving will end, and we will enter the Misery Months.
Oh yes, Chris will tell me that I don’t know what cold is. Well perhaps not the cold we endured in Scotland nor in Montreal, but for us it is cold. And it will be damp – the worst kind of cold when the cold seeps up through your boots and it feels so much colder than it is.
Here the two coldest months are July and August, even though the temperature rarely gets below C8 degrees. We do have an occasional 5 but that sends heaters roaring, fires being lit, and extra sweaters and jackets all around.
Those are the months when those of us who can, depart our shores for warmer climes. There is a general exodus of we oldies for the Cook Islands, Fiji, or Queensland.
When my DYS (Dashing Young Scotsman) was alive, we always went to Queensland for the month of August. There in Noosa one can rent an apartment close to the beach and enjoy summer-like weather. We rented the same one for several years and felt quite at home there. We thoroughly enjoyed our time, visiting places far and near and knowing we had our airconditioned apartment to return to.
Those days are gone now. It’s not much fun going away from home to an apartment for several weeks on your own.
But enough moaning!
The seasons will change; the weather will do what it has always done, and we will live through it as we always have done.
And here a quote from one of my favourite teachers:
“Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can’t buy more hours. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow. ”
Denis Waitely, American motivational speaker and writer.
And following my stated plan to spend more time with old dogs and children (as well as time to stand and stare, here I am with Oscar at 3 days old. He is now three and a half and speaks Japanese, Maori, and English.