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It’s that time of year again that is known as fall. So far for us it hasn’t felt or looked much like the usual Fall we think of or usually enjoy.

But, according to the weather forecasters, things are about to change. Hot, humid temperatures which we have been experiencing are getting ready to be replaced by cooler, maybe even some colder days and nights. So I guess it’s time to pack away the summer attire and get out the items that will carry us through fall and winter.

Now personally, I am a warmer weather person, but not to the point that I’m perspiring as soon as I walk out the door. I love my sandals, short sleeves, and capris. At the same time, I love the fall colors of the foliage, the cooler nights, having the windows and doors open instead of running the AC, and being able to sit out on the deck and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa (I’m not a coffee drinker) or a bonfire in the evenings. My son comes from Florida every October to help celebrate my birthday too, so it definitely is a special time of the year for me.

The older one gets, the more quickly the seasons seem to come and go. When you are young, you can hardly wait until you are old enough to drive, vote, and go places on your own. Then comes the time you leave your home, go out on your own, and begin your life as a young adult.

Time passes as you work to achieve your goals. You might marry, have children, and your goals and perspectives may change. Next, you are in the middle ages of life and you begin to see and feel the results of your labors. Before you know it, it is time for you to retire. At least that may be what you decide. You are "free" now to do the things you couldn’t do when you were working full time. Some just sit back and do little to nothing; they want to rest. Others become more involved and stay active. Others might travel. My 91 year old brother and his 88 year old wife have been traveling in Europe for a month now, visiting friends and eight different countries.

The choices are up to us. We can either become involved, active, and enjoying every day God has allowed us to have, or we can become passive, content, and unconcerned with life. Now that the next season of the year is upon us, "fall," it might be a good time to make plans to get out and enjoy living and all the beauty that is here for us to see. God allows us the options. It’s up to us to take advantage of His love and beauty.

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Audrey B. Unruh is a local columnist, who can be reached at zwiebach@charter.net

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