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A Time for Every Season

End of Summer . . . what is this time of year like for you? So many changes take place as students head back to school. Harvest time has special meaning in my semi-rural neighborhood that is not felt in more urban areas. There will be fiestas coming up soon too. I start feeling nostalgia creeping up, and I know it is time to shift my energies into Autumn activities.

Even though I’ve lived in central New Mexico for over 25 years, I have a hard time with the seasonal changes. You’d think I’d be used to it by now. But, I grew up in a two-season, moderate, subtropical climate: hot or wet. As a result, here I’m just getting used to one season, then another one comes along. No sooner do I get used to that one when I’m expected to adapt again. I don’t really like it.

I’ve desperately tried to come up with some way to bend my mind around the seasons. I’m usually pretty flexible, even impetuous on occasion, so change itself is not the issue. I live for the longer daylight hours, and I celebrate the Winter Solstice like nobody’s business. Maybe there’s a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder in me. I can tell you this, though, the shorter days are already getting on my nerves. I think it is going to be a rough winter.

solstice 2016
On Solstice night, I light every candle in the house, welcoming the return of the sun.

 

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