The arrival of October has left me stunned from the very first day.
Not because I can’t believe it’s October, although I can’t believe it’s October.
More, because on the first day of this month, my oldest son, Link, turned 20.
(Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor.)
How can that possibly be? Honestly! I can’t fathom how I can be the mother of a 20 year old! I’m not mature enough, responsible enough, or old enough.
Why is it that their birthdays bother me so much more than mine? I have a birthday coming up in a few weeks myself, and the number does not bother me at all. But when I mention out loud how old my children are …. aye, aye, aye.
Best to just ignore it and move on.
Things have been pretty good around here since my muddin’ experience, and I’m quite surprised that I can say so.
I just came off a consecutive seven day stretch of 6am shifts, which you may remember means waking at 3am and working non-stop for 8 hours before driving the long commute home.
I feel a little beaten for sure, but not near as bad as I would have felt in the past.
But this time, the time alone and away from the stresses was exactly what I needed. This time, I did not feel depressed about returning. I feel rejuvenated!
Therefore, work has been manageable. I’m training a newbie, and although it adds more busyness to my day, I thoroughly enjoy it! I like feeling like I’m needed, and I’m happy they chose me to train her. I’m taking it as a compliment even if they don’t mean it to be.
Our weather is keeping in line with the fall season. Our temperatures dropped soon after my return. The recent rains have done wonders for the trees that managed to survive the drought, and they’re starting to show their colors. As much as I’m dreading winter, I can’t help being enamored with fall. Sweaters, jackets, jeans, blankets, pumpkins, pecans, apples and candy corn…. pure bliss!
So I’m feeling pretty content at the moment. I miss my morning runs since I refuse to get up at 2am, but I’m fitting a few miles in here and there. The kids are all getting their birthdays out of the way, so I can quit fretting about that. The Cardinals have clinched a spot in the playoffs, so the extended season will allow extended busyness at the hotel, and my inner teacher is getting a great workout with the new trainee. Best of all, a new season of Amazing Race has begun!
And although the first day of October was a wallop, I’m looking forward to enjoying the fall weather, baking tons of apple, pumpkin and cinnamon goodies, and eating my fill of candy corn and peanuts. Hopefully this month won’t fly by near as quickly as the last two have…