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!)
Sitting in the middle of the shallow rapids of the Speed River outside Guelph, Ontario, where I made my eight-day retreat at the beginning of August. Sun sparkling on water rippling over my legs, the only sounds coming from the water and the kingfishers and the occasional quacks of unsettled mallards.
2. Are you glad to see this summer end? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I'm going to miss the lazy days and I already miss the Lovely Daughter, who was home and hadn't been for a long time. But I'm ready to get started on the next part of my life.
3. Name one or two things you're looking forward to this fall.
Being here, at seminary, and being home, in my Ignatian spiritual direction program.
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 should be so organized!
5. I'll know that fall is really here when . . . I am walkng through yellow and red and orange!