The Leaves are Falling. Part 1

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Dec 31, 2009

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Kelsey, to those reading, greetings from a learning heart.

We finished our work with Campus Life today.  A fine day it was.  The staff we'd met through the week joined us at each of our schools.  And, of course, Maj was there, too.  So when we packed up our final show, we hugged, and shook hands, and gave best wishes to those who had offered friendship for even just a week. 

After our final hugs with Maj, we climbed into the van and I set Tomtom for our next destination.  And then an overwhelming sadness came over me.

It is Autumn.  And I love Autumn.  It brings so much joy and wonder to see the beauty of God's natural cycle for the earth.  The colors of the trees, a vast array of the warm color spectrum, speckles the mountainside here in the Poconos of Eastern PA.  Summer is lush, and warm, full of life, but mostly green - bright, but not seasoned in color.  Fall brings a matured sense to nature as all the colors show off God's creative design.  While all the trees look the same in summer - in fall, they show off how different they can be.

Our life, as we drive along and through the world, is green.  It is alive, we are lushessly enjoying the hand God has dealt us.  But it is also just green - we're still just the two of us.  Michael and I have very similar personalities, senses of humor, and we know each other's stories.  We are like summer together.  But when other people are added to our daily routine, it is like the Fall adding color to our landscape.  We get new perspectives, stories, jokes, and viewpoints.  And it is beautiful to behold.

Soon, and even now, the leaves will fall from their trees.  The earth will become bare, ready for snow to cover the color until Spring.  And I will miss the color.  I will miss the variety around me.

Leaving our new friends, packed back up in the van, driving away, I cried.  I was sad to say goodbye and to go back into a potential loneliness and longing for relationships.

I know the Autumn colors don't last; they will give way to winter.  However, I'm still glad I got to see them, for no matter how short a time.  The sadnss of leaving fall behind still does not outweigh the joy of having it while it's here. 
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