Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn Acceptance

Autumn for me is a time of beauty and "acceptance". 
 Acceptance that some things will end and others begin.  
The mid-west summer gardens will soon be put to bed and the howling wind of winter will be ripping through the barren landscapes before we know it.   
Soon we will grab those beautiful quilts 
we have made to warm us.

It is acceptance that yet another year 
of memories have been made. 
This year was a milestone year for me, as I turned 60.  
 At first I struggled with what that number means.  
This one jumped in my face and 
waved that mortality flag long and hard.   
Scared the begebbies out of me.

Last week I visited the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ.  
In the garden was a bronze statue (above) of a lady sitting in a garden and she was holding a leaf in her hands
that had fallen from the trees.  
It was titled 'Acceptance" (1997, by Retha Walden Gambo).  
It was an ah-ha moment.  Time to"accept" what we cannot change.   
I began to think differently about what 60 means to me.

60 years of wonderful memories, surviving challenges, heartaches, losses.  
Traveling places in the world, some may only dream of, enjoying many happy moments that have molded me into who I am today.
I have danced to my own drum and never feared to try something new.   
I have a lifetime of wonderful friends...
some have come and gone,
 but each have touched my life for a reason and I am blessed to have known them.  

I am one of the lucky ones to have found my soul-mate, 
have a wonderful son, family who cares about me, 
my health is good, my hobbies are plenty, 
and my community volunteer work is rewarding, 
I'm getting close to retirement, 
my  "fabric stash" is plentiful and 
my KWILTY PLEAURES and blessings abound.

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