The Most Wonderful Time of Year
Summer has never been my favorite season. It’s too hot in Kentucky and if it wasn’t for a few highlights like vegetable gardens and swimming pools, I could probably just skip the whole thing. Fear not though because with Labor Day arriving the calendar takes a positive turn. Autumn approaches and with that comes the start of another hunting season, camping trips, football tailgating and cool mornings. The biggest problem we seem to have is how to fit it all into our schedules.
This weekend I am going frogging on Friday night, goose hunting on Sunday morning and we might throw in a squirrel hunt on Monday if we are really ambitious. Next weekend there is more goose hunting, the annual dove hunt and a polo match. And September is still just getting started. Our local football teams are expected to have great seasons and this time of year you can almost smell hot dogs cooking in stadium parking lots.
What I love so much about the changing seasons is the sense of newness they bring. When the weather cools we can open our windows again, literally bringing fresh air into our lives. We look at all those wonderful empty boxes on our calendars and begin to fill them with social events and outdoor pursuits. My hunting gear will get a final prep and all will be ready for the months ahead.
As regular readers know, hunting season is a big deal for me. It dominates my life for over half of the year. There is so much I love about getting back out in the field. The optimism that comes with new plans, lessons learned from the previous year, new equipment and new locations to explore. Better yet, it is a chance to reconnect with my hunting partners and to renew the sense of teamwork that we work so hard to build each year.
In this time I cannot help but feel blessed to even have the opportunity for the kind of spiritual renewal that comes with the changing seasons. Many people have lives that are too difficult to be affected by something as simple as the onset of autumn, so it’s fitting that we end it with a national holiday that calls for thankfulness. 2013 has been a rough year for my family in some ways but in others we know we are very fortunate. Having an opportunity to switch gears is a pretty awesome gift and this new season gives us just that.