Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Back to school that is. Today is the first day of school in our county, and our son dragged himself out of bed at 6 a.m. It just doesn’t seem right to go to the school bus stop when it’s still dark.

First day with the new backpack 
Actually, I have mixed feelings about him going back to school. He’s nice to have around, and this was probably his last summer as a “kid.” Next summer will find him completing community service hours for a state-sponsored scholarship program and/or working at his first job. (Of course, our food bill might be smaller now that he’s back in school. Teenage boys are eating machines!)

Now that he’s back in school, I can look forward to the approach of fall. I frequently set new goals in the fall rather than in January. In Florida, summer is so hot and drags on so long that I’ve lost all ambition and energy by September. If I didn’t have to leave the house, I’d never change out of my pajamas. When we get our first cold front, hopefully sometime in October, I begin to perk up, look around me and decide on new projects and tackle the to-do list that has grown large and unwieldy during the summer. I review any goals I set earlier in the year to see if I’m on track.

It looks beautiful, but it's HOT
So much has changed since last fall: I began writing articles for SheKnows.com and for this blog, I found my new friend Laure, my son grew taller than me. And I met all of you who are kind enough to read the blog and comment on it. You’ve enriched my life by sharing your thoughts with me and each other.

Do you have a favorite time of year? What makes it your favorite? My current favorite is fall, because that’s when I start to feel human again, instead of like a giant, sweaty lump. Hopefully your reasons are a little more poetic than mine…

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13 comments:

Laure Ferlita said...

Let's see...I love Autumn...for the same reasons as you....and I love winter....for the same reason that I love Autumn (it's cooler)...oh, and gotta love spring....for the same reasons.....summer.....you gotta endure summer but it has it's high points too. Usually the temperatures! ;•)

Scrappy Cat said...

Fall is my favorite time of year too - and no, my reason isn't any more poetic than yours. I hate the heat and humidity of summer. I love the colors of fall and the crisp cool air. I like winter, except for the dry skin that goes along with it. And I like spring, except that I start to dread the coming of summer.

I didn't know about SheKnows.com - I'll have to check that out.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Laure--I am with you there--any season except summer here in Florida. It's kind of sad, because summer used to be my favorite season when I lived in CA.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Cheryl--Sounds like you and I and Laure are in the same boat, season-wise.

If you visit SheKnows, put my name into the search feature and you should find my articles. Thanks for visiting!

Teresa said...

My sons, too, are "nice to have around"... only they're both grown and on their own. I love it when they walk through the front door for a visit... my maternal heart lightens at the sight of them. Good kids are such a wonderful blessing.

RE: seasons... give me cold, snow, ice, rain, sleet... anything but hot summer! :-)

Julie Bagamary said...

As beautiful as Fall is here in the mountains, I love not having to wear shoe in Summer. Oh- most of my family is in Central FL.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Kathy,

I can so relate ... I am permanently on school schedule. That is when I make my new year resolutions and project planning ... to heck with Jan. 1st!

I love the fall.

Take care,

Kathy in Central Oregon

Kathy A. Johnson said...
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Kathy A. Johnson said...

Teresa--you're the first to admit to liking wintry weather! I've never lived in snow, so I'm not sure how well I'd cope, but I love to "visit" snow when I get the chance!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Julie--yes, there is something to be said for going barefoot. I admit I do it all the time. Hope your family in Central FL is hanging tough through this stretch of hot, wet weather!

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Hi, Kathy--glad to hear I'm not the only "fall planner." It does seem like a good time to reevaluate, doesn't it?

Krista Meister said...

Sounds like you've had wonderful and eventful year! I love all the seasons, every one of them. I don't know what I'd do if I had to leave the Midwest.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

I've never lived somewhere that had four true seasons (I grew up in CA and now live in FL). I think I would enjoy it, except for the snow. (I have a feeling snow would get old for me quickly!) I think each season would hold its own delights, and it sounds like you feel that way, too.