Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Late Summer Thoughts
Challenging is not always bad. As my pastor says,"Life is hard, and hard is not bad. It's just hard." I think part of the challenge was wanting to be carefree like the summers of my childhood. That just isn't possible anymore. I need to be OK with that. Life is hard. Hard is not bad. It's hard.
It wasn't a bad summer, really. We got to do many things we enjoy. We just didn't do as much as we planned. All is not lost. We have plenty of warm weather ahead of us. Plenty of time to swim, camp, hike, grill outside, and general outside time. Another great thing is that the bugs didn't bother us as much as usual, either, this summer.
I suppose we are all a little wiser for this summer. I certainly appreciate rain more than I ever imagined. I recall being disappointed in rainy camping trips last summer.
We learned how to keep plants alive, how to cool the house on a budget, how to rejoice over volunteer flowers when the seeds you carefully planted did not germinate. We enjoyed a handful of green beans and a dozen cherry tomatoes! We decided that farm markets were great, but not always in the budget.
I think the best thing about this summer will turn out to be its end! I am really looking forward to fall. Perhaps healing rains will come. Certainly the cooler air cannot stay away forever. We hope to do a little fall camping, too.