Part 2: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON MY WAY TO
(the Winter season of my life)
Summer in a fawn's life ...
spending time in gardens,
gleaning nourishment to grow and be strong and healthy,
accompanied by siblings,
and parents,teaching, encouraging, leading
........ and destroying like ravenous locust
all that is planted, colorful, green and growing....
but wait, that's another story!
Springtime ..... birth, new life, vigor, awareness
Summer..... discovery, growth, strengthening, bonding
Fall ..... wisdom, regrets, satisfaction, encouraging insights
Winter .... recollections and memories, acceptance or despair
The seasons of all creature's lives.
Personal Life-Experience Model in the Seasons of my life:
" ..... male and female, He created them....." Genesis, the Bible
together following well worn paths labeled:
peace ..... contentment
approaching the Fall of life together
(remember, this is MY model... other's will be different)
who may follow- at times -
instinctive sense of caution
in preservation of the species.
Summer and Spring of life
brings strength and vigor,
preservation of the species
through offspring ......
companionship and solidarity if no offspring.
Fall preparing for Winter
The shedding of Fall leaves after fruitful harvest,
the stripping away of fruit, preserved in jars on shelves in pantries,
stored fruits of labor.
Settling in for a season of rest
while partaking of the fruits of that labor.
Scurry of activity to prepare for a long cold Winter,
(the Ant stored up much ... not so the Grassphopper)
Storing garden tools - once important, but this season unneeded -
to have at your touch when needed ...... such as the snow shovel.
Protect the fragile new life to come by covering with bark and straw,
(as we do our children..... our gardens ......for they hold the promise of
blooms and fruit to come.)
......... mulch, enrich, and protect
against the elements ......
that which would seek and destroy
what is not prepared.
After a season of wise Fall preparation,
CAUTION is needed as we approach Winter ,,,,
never having experienced what is
windows of other creature's lives...
The chill of Winter
The dormant .... hibernating season of rest:
Slow, sometimes painful steps trod along these barren paths;
strength .... warmth ..... encouragement ,,, companionship
often wanes from others who are engaged elsewhere.
Unexpected health challenges disrupt plans,
advise from loved ones often go unheeded;
the shroud of fog and chilling snow
enclose and chill ... seemingly frozen in time.
Small bursts of sunshine,
in a heart filled with memories,
warm and melt, making Winter paths easier to follow.
Set-in-our-way comfortable paths, known and trusted, and once followed
assure us we can go on.
The shroud of Fall
and chilling barrenness of Winter
moves us away from Spring and Summer
that once provided
invigorating life challenges.
Life becomes more challenging in the Winter of our lives....
from loved ones
whose paths have lead them elsewhere.
Encouraging elements of the Winter season in our lives:
Grace and resolve to follow this season's paths
to wherever it leads.
Your child whispering in your ear,
"You showed us how to live,
but Dad showed us how to die."
Now... I have a favorite saying:
culmination of the seasons of my life
I'll unhesitatingly walk down that path
to meet Jesus .......
and the one
who accompanied me
through the other seasons of my life.
Original drawing by Monica Lawson not to be copied or used without her permission 10/20/14
In a twinkling of an eye it fades and grows dim
but is never lost......
because love never ends
and memories live on .....