2019 Sep 10
10 minutes: My fortune turned with the weather
Leaves blew in. The summer days were dying. The passing of the old meant new things were coming. The nights were darker now. I had to leave the house with a jacket on. The breeze was no longer comforting and gentle
. Instead I struggled to keep it outside.
No summer evenings greeted me at the end of the day. No late sunsets and purple skies
. Students changed their annual migration patterns, some to new schools, some here, some far away.
Things were always changing but I usually didn't try to tie them together. Could I say everything was suddenly going my way, or everything was not? That depended more on my day-to-day mood. If I was feeling better, then it seemed the entire world was behind me
. If I wasn't, then there seemed no end to the coming darkness.
Leaves rustled beneath my feet as I walked through them. I watched their colors slowly changing under the streetlamps as the days went by. It wasn't anything to take note of, until my view of the world changed, until I was given a better reason to get up
each morning. Now they took on a new significance.
They were always the same colors every year, but this year was different. This year I noticed the life I was living
, instead of ruminating about the life I wasn't. This year I had you.