“I hope I can be the Autumn leaf, who looked
at the sky and lived.
And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew
life was a gift.”
Happy September my friends, and the official end of summer! As a “Fall” baby, this is my favorite time of the year, as our days get cooler and we race to the holidays. A great poet once wrote when referencing this time of year “There is nothing so stable as change”. It is a season of inevitable change, as life seems to be.
My father is facing that today as my stepmother, his wife of nearly 30 years, is in failing health. At 92, my dad, who had adopted the “I’m too old to change” philosophy several years ago, is now facing life challenges he never imagined. And as he and I have been working together to prepare him for the next stage of his life, I’ve seen his emotional walls tumble and his outlooks hesitantly alter.
He shared with me in a recent conversation that he was scared, alone, and actually cried on the phone, something I’ve only seen once before when my brother passed away 20 years ago. He’s grudgingly, and perhaps rightfully so, realizing that his life is changing, whether he chooses it to or not, and he admittedly said “I’m not ready”.
It’s a lesson for me to continually look at life through the lens of curiosity; to accept and embrace change, knowing that today will not look like tomorrow. And to prepare myself for those changes with an attitude that “I’m never too old”. One that I hope my dad will also embrace, as he races towards 100 and beyond.
Thank you again for all your support of the Y and the positive changes it makes to so many people’s lives here in our Foothills communities.