Does it hurt or does it feel good, like getting new shoes?"
These are the questions he pondered after finding a snake skin in our yard (OUR YARD!) and then he pondered them all over again when he found a newly emerged Mayfly.
We wondered if it feels like you are getting ready to sneeze, "kind of itchy and uncomfortable, and then much better when it's all over." And do the mommy and daddy snakes and Mayflies celebrate their little one's new phase? "Like a birthday party?"
"Does it take a while to get used to your new skin?"
I imagine so, just as it is taking me a little time to wiggle out of the old and into the new…
I do apologize. I've not been very good lately about getting back to your sweet comments and emails. I haven't gotten around to the blogs much. I haven't returned too many calls either. I've been drawing inward a bit, readying for change.
Fall (or something like it) has come, with it's bustle of new projects, stacks of books to read, lists of journeys to take – with the slightest bit of coolness in the air (only in the early mornings) and the welcome plunk, bumpbumpbump of acorns falling on our roof and roll/hopping their way to earth.
It will still be a while before it is truly autumn, but just as any good snake or mayfly, we've got that feeling… the shedding time is almost here. The preparations are underway.
I've been thinking about taking down the cool weather clothes to see what we have, and what we need. I've been leafing through old magazines, making lists of holiday projects, and recipes to herald a new season. I've been planting the fall garden, cleaning out closets and airing out extra blankets. We've been going through our camping gear, in the knowledge that it will soon (AT LAST) be cool enough for sleeping bags and campfires again.
I've been letting go of summer days – watching them slide away, shedding them one by one.
It's time for a season with a little more wiggle room.