by Burton D. Carley
I do not know if the seasons remember their history or if the days and
nights by which we count time remember their own passing.
I do not know if the oak tree remembers its planting or if the pine
remembers its slow climb toward sun and stars.
I do not know if the squirrel remembers last fall’s gathering or if the
bluejay remembers the meaning of snow.
I do not know if the air remembers September or if the night remembers
I do not know if the earth remembers the flowers from last spring or if
the evergreen remembers that it shall stay so.
Perhaps that is the reason for our births—to be the memory for
Perhaps salvation is something very different than anyone ever expected.
Perhaps this will be the only question we will have to answer:
“What can you tell me about September?”
Borrowing from The Pretenders: I went back to Ohio. I don’t know if my city was gone or not since I didn’t spend much time in any of the cities. I was there to see my granddaughters and grandsons, and my sons and daughters-in-law. It was a quick trip that felt somewhat long when I was in the car. 1300+ miles, I think, to go back and forth and see everyone.
It was great to be able to spend a little time with my granddaughters. We haven’t seen much of them since the start of the pandemic. That is mostly our fault in trying to be careful since they have been back in school and busy with other activities (dance, cheer, soccer). We went to a high school football game to watch our oldest granddaughter cheer and to a soccer game the next day to watch our youngest granddaughter play. It was a joy to be able to watch them.
We had a few days with the boys, too, and were able to watch a soccer game and soccer practice. If you have ever watched littles playing soccer, you will know that it is one of the most adorable things on the planet. They all huddle together around the ball, moving as almost one entity. M the Younger is coaching the Little Wookie’s team and I enjoyed watching how good he is with the kids.
I’ve been holding off on this announcement but it’s official now so… We have another grandchild on the way. M the Younger and his wife are expecting a girl in February. The impossible has miraculously become possible and we’re all quite excited now that we’ve gotten over the surprise of it.
All in all, it was a good trip. Love, family, and safe travels there and back. The only negative was catching a virus of some kind which I hope is just a cold. Covid tests have been negative so far. Fingers crossed that it stays that way. I was hoping to get the new booster and a flu shot when I see my primary care physician next week. Now it will depend on whether or not I’m recovered and whether or not I score a positive Covid test. I’ll probably test one more time, just to be sure. I’ve read that the rapid at-home tests are not always accurate right away. It’s best, I’m told, to test 2-3 times. Or have a PCR test done, but our county health department only does them once a week and I wasn’t here on that day.
I did a little hiking here and there along the way, getting ready for our Walktober event. I have one more trip coming up and then I should be settling in for a while. I’m hoping to hike in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, weather permitting. It’s been on my list of places to visit since we moved here. I’d like that to be my Walktober walk, but we’ll see how it goes.
Walktober reminder: This year the dates will be October 8 through October 24. That should give us all plenty of time to get our walks in. The plan, at the moment, is to do the wrap-up of the walks on or near October 31. If you need more time, let me know. The rules are quite loose. You can walk, run, drive, swim, bike, do whatever you need to do. You don’t have to go anywhere. A tour of your yard works just fine. The idea is to get outside but if you need to be indoors, that’s fine, too.
Thank you for dropping by and taking a few walks with me today. The photos are from my phone camera and were taken on different trails along the way. I did take some photos with the big camera when I went on some longer hikes in the woods. The fall foliage is just getting started so there wasn’t much in the way of autumn color, but beautiful even so.
I’d invite you out to watch the sunset, but Ian, formerly a hurricane, is on his way here today and tomorrow. I think it will be quite windy and rainy by sunset (scheduled for 6:47 PM). Let’s wait until tomorrow or Sunday. It depends on how quickly Ian moves through the area. Sunsets after a storm are usually quite spectacular.
Please be safe, be well, and take the time to just Be.
A few of the 10,000 reasons to be happy: 2,090: Safe travels and traveling mercies, there and back. 2,091) Goldenrod lighting up the fields and meadows. 2,092) Family and time spent with them. 2,093) Love. 2,094) Soup. It’s the perfect food for when I’m sick. 2,095) Being home again for a little while. If I have to be sick, it’s better to be at home.