When I was a young boy, my favorite month of the year was July. This was because I enjoyed summer vacation with my friends. We played outside from sunrise until sunset, and we laughed and laughed until our belly's ached. It was the best of times.
As I aged, the months and years seemed to move faster and faster and keeping track of time, I lost interest. In fact, if I could, I would not keep track of time at all. For example, using a baseball metaphor, when you are older and rounding third base heading for home, there is not much incentive to keep track of days, weeks or years; but rather, a desire for time to slow down and perhaps even stop, so one can reflect and take an inventory of their life, so as to give thanks to God for one’s good health and good fortune.
I think baseball is a great metaphor for each season of the year. In the spring of our life we think we will live forever, as we run with reckless abandon to first base. And in the summer of our years, we slide into second base to avoid being tagged out. As autumn befalls us, we round second and land on third base for the potential winning run. Now the bases are loaded and the pitcher throws a fast ball that is hit high to center field, and the third base coach is waving me home to score the winning run. And as I approach home plate, I am elated that we have won the game, but saddened that the game is over. Perhaps that is why Autumn is my favorite season.
From dazzling sunsets to a peaceful sunrise,
To glistening morning dew
Floating on calm waters,
Where the loon’s song play
Its seductive call,
That echo's again and again
Repeating a sweet chorus,
As autumn leaves change their color
Illuminating the forest,
A prism of sunlight in shades of red, yellow, and blue
And as the seasons change and time passes by,
I will recall the good memories and not forget the reasons why.
My friends and I ran, laughed, played and cried.
We stayed out all the live long day.
Without a care in the world,
And no one to scold us or tell us when to come home.
It was a great time to be young... not old.