After Dad died at the end of 2007, it was a dark period...we bought property in California to cheer us up...Mom got sick...and then the economy crashed. Suddenly everything looked glum.
This seems to be the season of recovery. The new job is going well - having a long weekend of beautiful weather to take a break is a great recharger. Moreover, the economy seems to be stabilizing, our finances are improving, Mom is stabilizing in her new living situation, and it feels like things are getting back to normal. Unemployment may still be on the upswing but for us, at least, anxiety is definitely subsiding. Who knows, maybe soon we could even start thinking about things like our future again.
September has had a checkered history this decade. There was September 11th, to start it off. Other Septembers have brought economic crises, work crises, office moves (which I hate). But September is the season of most possibility, when the air turns clear and crisp, when the sunlight shines bright, and where fall is still a welcome season of harvest and bounty to plan and bundle up the house for. This September has that feeling again and it's most sincerely welcome.