These scenes remind me of an old song popularized by Frank Sinatra: "Oh, it's a long, long while from May to December. But the days grow short when you reach September. When the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame, One hasn't got time for the waiting game."
Beyond the original intent of this song, these lyrics have a special meaning for me. Most of us enjoy the changing seasons of the year....but have we given much thought to the Seasons of our Life? I find myself giving thought to my seasons of life, and of those who are near and dear to me. My current "season" is my 7th decade, which I see as the autumn of my life. Change is a central theme in my life now, what with our relocating back to California, seeking a "new nest" there, and downsizing and simplifying our lives, and letting go...like the autumn leaves...of all those "things" we really don't need. Letting go of all that stuff creates room for the important things in life....loved ones, memories, family & friends, special times together, good books, great food, and adventures to come.
As the song goes, "Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few...September, November. And these precious days I'll spend with you..." The collective you being my loved ones, family and friends, and so forth. These are made all the more precious by their transitory nature and the recognition that one must savor each day, for they become shorter and shorter. Live each day to the fullest, and never wait to do what we dreamed about in the Spring of our lives!
"...One hasn't got time for the waiting game..." the Seasons are fleeting and time won't wait. Before you know it, December will be here and another year will be winding down. Soon Spring will be sprouting about us, and the Seasons of our life will be on their way again. So....if you've got some plans, start them; if you wish to travel, take that first step; open that book and read the first page; and write that Great American novel by writing that first sentence!