I wondered how long it would take. With below-normal temperatures for most of the early part of September, I knew it would not be long. While I still have my bedroom window open and am quite comfortable, Tracy is not as fond of the cooler mornings. Bob reminded us all that the boilers will not be up and running anytime soon so space heaters are getting some use around the house.  But this week when the overnight temperatures fell into the low 40’s, Tracy could no longer resist. On Wednesday he built the first fire of the season in the fireplace in the resident’s Community Room.

By today, I could no longer resist the fire’s warmth and the mesmerizing flames either. Tracy and I spent the day in the Community Room.  I worked on an art project and Tracy worked on homework while we both enjoyed the beauty and warmth of Brother Fire. It was cozy in the Community Room, but venturing down the much cooler hallway was a bit of an adjustment.

Speaking of adjustments, it wasn’t that long ago that shorts were most everyone’s daily attire and the air conditioners were running. Now we need the fireplace and space heaters. Although we may not have seen the end of warm days yet this year, the cooler temperatures are not the only sign that summer is nearing its end and autumn is just around the corner. The maple trees have begun their annual colorful transition and the apple trees in the garden are laden with fruit. The hummingbirds are fewer in number around the feeder and the geese overhead have begun their journey south.

The Book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a season for every purpose under heaven (3:1-8). Nature tries to teach us this same lesson with the each year’s life cycle.  In this strangest of all years, what remains the same as all other years is time keeps moving on. Time reminds us that everything is temporary and we only have the present moment. We can choose to enjoy and to be grateful for each moment, or we can try to hold on only to fail in the attempt. Regardless of our choice, the moment will pass and the next moment will be upon us.

So for the gift of time and seasons of life, and all the wonders they bring like cozy fires and space heaters, we say Deo Gratias!

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.