Thank you to all my family and friends for your birthday greetings and prayers and presents. Birthday cake from class members, special bread, and cards that said so much! Thank you for your patience with me while I obsessed on Suzy’s condition.
Just a quick mention to my kids whose gift shows they know me well – electronic gadgets and nature! Wild bird camcorder!
I return to all of you, my readers, best wishes and prayers for True Happiness on your own birthdays. (I’ll get some of you individually!) A birthday is not only a celebration of the person you are and the life that you’ve lived, but also a celebration of a new year ahead of you!
I’ve always felt LUCKY to have a birthday in the Fall. This time of the year has so many new beginnings. For me, it is introspective little diary entries with resolutions to do this and to learn that and to be better now that I am this old.
This is the beginning of a new season, crisper, cooler weather, brilliant blue skies, colorful leaves….all over the place. And for some of us it means a return of energy! It’s a much more abrupt change from summer to fall than from spring to summer.
Then there is the new FOOTBALL season!
There is the beginning of a new school year….What that means as a student changes for each year, I’ve discovered, but as teachers, my husband and I will always mark the new school year It still feels like “hope and possibilities.”
Someone reminded me that this is also the beginning of a new television line-up. Well…….hmmmph. But I do remember how fun it was to receive the New Fall TV Guide in the mail and mark all the new programs that looked good. (A whole new year of being “programmed” !)
And around this time of the year comes Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year – a time for introspection, a renewed and deeper understanding of the worship of God, and new resolutions for the coming year. It is the year 5770 now. The Jewish calendar has many other “beginnings,” but for me, near my birthday, is Rosh Hashanah, accentuating God’s gift of time and the chance to start over.