“Only nine more weeks until Christmas!” sang out a little girl at the store as her mother groaned with defeat. “Oh, no! Don’t say that!” The row of Halloween cookies contrasted sharply against the snowmen lawn ornaments and reminded me of the many Christmas emails I’ve started to collect from stores. While we can’t stop the flow of time towards the holiday season, we have been trying to enjoy every moment as they appear.
This month has been wonderful. Apples, corn mazes, bonfires and pumpkins have been scattered through the leafy days and we’ve sipped our way through countless cups of warm tea as the rain fell, the sun shined and the trees turned. It’s been a great month, even if we’ve both fallen ill and the daily grind at work has increased. All of that, though, has just made us even more determined to enjoy every free bit of time before the weather gets too cold for anything but quick scurries from car to building.
I’ve been trying to come up with a “bucket list” of things we want to do each season. I would still love to stroll through a park before the temps dip, but we’ll have to see if that’s something to keep for next year. As it is, we’ve had our fun share of chilly pumpkin rides on surprisingly warm straw and Halloween parties dressed up as the mad Alice and the 12th Doctor. There have been times when I haven’t felt like doing things, but my lethargy usually stems from a slight case of social anxiety and just going and doing has really helped us to not only have fun, but to show the scared part of ourselves that it’s okay. :) Five years ago I probably wouldn’t have dressed up for a party, but this year we eagerly got our costumes and squashed the small bit of apprehension with promises of friends and laughs.
And we had all of that and more. :) Here’s a warm apple cider toast to the last week of October! I’ll think about November when it gets here. Right now, I just want to enjoy what’s here.