The sun is shining brightly in the eastern sky. Very little breezes make the trees sway slightly. And then you decide to step outside.
What????? How did it get so cold so fast?? I should have worn a warmer coat! It can’t be this cold for good now, can it?
It is October. It’s Nebraska. It has happened each and every year of my life. Yet we are always shocked when we have to hunker down for the coming winter.
Maybe it’s because time seems to be flying by, too. People are living in such a time crunch now days. Their kids are over committed and seem like they would like to have the time to simply stay in their pj’s on Saturday until they truly feel ready to face more play.
I used babysit for a couple days a week until it was time for her to go to afternoon kindergarten. She always came over in her pajamas. We would color all morning. We played board games. It was as good for me as it was for her.
The little dear was fun until the last two days. Then her inner demon took over. She wouldn’t cooperate about getting ready for school. She sneaked to the phone to call her dad behind my back. Not acceptable. Especially since she was doing it on the sly because she didn’t get her way.
Her parents had trouble with her temper. She screamed, kicked the walls, and displayed awful behavior. She did not kick my walls, it would not have been allowed.
I was so glad when our time together was over. But then felt so guilty when she started bringing me handfuls of flowers from their yard. She continued doing that for a long time, and brought the last handful of tulips to me just before they moved away. I hope she is enjoying an anger-free life.
Her parents divorced and her dad lived in the next block. Good and bad decision, but theirs. I certainly understand divorce, but living close to each other is not a great idea, in my opinion. Not in the beginning. It’s all too raw, too new.
It is no surprise it takes awhile to get used to a major life change. A change in life, wanted or not, needs a break in period. The weather is really no exception. It takes a bit to get used to it. Yes, you can even get used to a change in the weather.
So dig out your warmer clothes. Enjoy the days ahead that you can still sit outside in a hoodie and jeans. Have your gloves, scarves, and hats ready for winter. It will be here before we know it. Might as well be warm until it’s over.
What’s your favorite season? Let us know in the blog comments. As always, thank you for reading.