When it comes to the associations and memories of a generation, some things are specific to that generation and some things are timeless in that they apply to everyone. One of these things is scooping leaves into a pile and to jumping into them....
I knew that having a child would make me slow down a lot, but I didn't realize that it would even make me experience time differently. When my little one stops to study a pebble on the sidewalk when we need to be somewhere on time, I need to remember that she is making me live more within time instead of constantly chasing it. This week, I decided not only to jump in the autumn leaves, but also to be more intentional about noticing the tiny things that she notices without rushing myself on to the next thing that needs to be done or looking down at my watch.
Nothing gets me thinking about time like autumn. All around us are the red and gold reminders that nothing is permanent. It seems our minds bend in every direction trying to understand time. You always hear the same expressions about time. Adults say things to children like, "You are growing up so fast!" Or friends reminiscing about a shared past say things like, "Where did the time go?" There are endless clichés about time, and we cannot stop saying them because we are constantly stunned by the way time passes.
I watch my daughter grab a handful of red leaves and throw them above her head and stomp on the piles I have made for her in the park. I think to myself about how one generation grows up, and another grows old. I am on the other side of growing up. I am on the side of growing old, and in the bigger picture, I am only in this life for a very short time.
Those once-green leaves that are now being released by their branches and are fluttering down to the earth from where they came.
Go jump in them.
This time we have is a gift, don't let it pass you by. The people we love are a gift.
Appreciate the gift.
- A generation comes and a generation goes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises...Enjoy Life.... - Ecclesiastes
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