Reverend Mother is leading us in the Friday Five today. She reminds us: it's Labor Day weekend here in the United States, also known as Summer's Last Hurrah. So let's say goodbye to summer and hello to the autumn. (People in other climes, feel free to adapt as needed.)
1. Share a highlight from this summer. (If you please, don't just say "our vacation to the Canadian Rockies." Give us a little detail or image. Help us live vicariously through you!):
Going out to Elliot Key on our new boat, One More Chance. Elliot Key is at the very top of the Florida Keys, though you can only get there by boat. The place is beautiful. Spouseman and I spent Thanksgiving of 1998 with Spouseman's son on our sailboat Promise, hanging off the anchor at Elliot Key, snorkeling, swimming, exploring, eating take-out Turkey and trimmings. I was learning what kinds of fun adults can have, just playing and hanging out (I'm a slow learner!). This is only one of many other happy memories of times at Elliot. Then, after Light of My Life came into our world, we lost Elliot Key, and we also lost the ability to play. We were struggling with cancer and the hard work of adopting an older child, and a huge job change, and life was just turned upside down. In a most unexpected and graceful way, this summer, buying the new boat gave us another chance to go back to Elliot and we find that we have come full circle and now get to play with our daughter and it is just one step short of heaven.
2. Are you glad to see this summer end? Why or why not? Here in Florida, where the seasons are so much more subtle, it is hard to feel like summer has ended. I am not so much sorry to see the summer (or any of the seasons, really) end, as I am more fiercely aware now of the preciousness of each day, wanting to not taken any single one of them for granted. Lordy, I start to sound old!!!
3. Name one or two things you're looking forward to this fall.
Looks like we are starting a new, "blended service" that will allow some more room to explore how people of all generations can participate more actively in the Eucharist and try a broader range of liturgies. That will be way cool, I hope and pray.
In early November, I get to go be with my friend M as she is consecrated bishop out in California. I have never attended a consecration. And I get to see Carmel and Monterey. I am renting a car and hope to drive along at least some part of Route 1.
4. Do you have any special preparations or activities to mark the transition from one season to another? (Cleaning of house, putting away summer clothes, one last trip to the beach)
I switch from light colored sandals to dark colored sandals...
5. I'll know that fall is really here when
Our pool is too cold to swim in any longer