Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~ John Howard Bryant
Do you have the same level of angst I do when I’m down to the last few pages of a book that has cast a spell over my heart? The characters have become friends, close ones, and I don’t want them to leave. I love their town, neighbors, family, and even their enemies (well, sort of). So I squeeze-read the last pages like drops of water in a desert, to make them last as long as possible..grieving as I go.
Then there’s the last leaves of autumn when blustery winds accost our Mulberry tree in October causing leaves to wildly pirouette to the earth. Honestly, I want to dash out with a basket and a ball of ribbon, to catch them and tie them back on. The bare limbs look lonely and longing and the lovely leaves turn into a lifeless crunch. Yes, I know next season will bring forth new life but I had grown fond of the old life. And that is the problem. Isn’t it? Old life tends to feel familiar, cozy, dependable, like my ratty sweater. It’s a golden-yellowish misshapen mess. I know I should toss the thing, it’s grungy, but golly I’ve had it, well, uh, since the ark.
And it looks like it.
I think we are afraid if we let go what if we never find another sweater so friendly, a story so endearing, a tree so shady and full of wonder. Life requires trust and trust feels risky. If we don’t let go, we become hoarders, brooders, who wear anxiety like our favorite cologne. I tell you what, I’ll go first…I’ll shove my sweater in the throw pile, I’ll invest in a new book, and I’ll go out and dance in the fallen leaves. Join me, if you dare.
Books On My Nightstand
This book is for every woman’s heart.
Chasing Francis by Ian Cron
Finding hope when all looks lost.
Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
A tender story that requires kleenex and humility.
The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
Struggling through hard questions in startling ways…
If you’ve ever felt much afraid, you will love this.
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