Monday, August 10, 2009

Changes In The Air....


My internal clock seems to be a little off from everyone's else s I think. Around this time of year when September is approaching, I feel something in the air that maybe others experience in January at the beginning of a new year. I think it is because I have a holiday birthday that falls on July 4th. Having a holiday birthday takes away from the specialness of your own birthday. It just doesn't feel like I have a real birthday, if that makes any sense. So many times I feel my birthday is just in January when the new year begins.
September always feels like my "new year" also. As a child growing up it was the beginning of school and all the nervous excitement of it all. New clothes, books, teachers, classmates...sometimes I miss that. As an adult September means all of the holidays will be right around the corner. And for us here in the midwest we have the winter weather to look forward to. The months that are soon approaching seem to go by so quickly. I have had a hard time getting excited about all the holidays, in the same way that I used to when I was younger, for the past several years. I think because my parents, grandparents and other family members have passed away and the holidays have been rearranged somewhat.
I hope this year will be different for me though. I hope to revive some of those excited new feelings with our grand daughter. She will bring about all the excitement I used to feel as I see it all through her eyes.

17 comments:

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Brenda,

Ah, yes, the holidays will be exciting and fun for you, now that Maddie is a little older. Having a little one around is the icing on the cake of life!

Happy Monday!

Hugs,

Renie

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Brenda,

My wedding anniversary is July 3rd, and this little town always has a big celebration for me on it. In the evening they even put on a fireworks display for me, anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. How much better can that be, to have fireworks every year on your birthday, unless of course you don't like fireworks!

I haven't celebrated holidays for going on 35 years, so I don't have the holiday blues anymore. But, I'm sure with the lovely little grand-daughter Maddie around, you can enjoy everyday, not just the red marked ones on the calendar. Those days are just for the merchants anyway, they want all our hard earned money.

So instead of letting the world dictate to you when you can have family fun, have fun on other days of your own choosing. And you can give gifts anytime of the year. Even when they are not expecting a gift. Those are the most fun anyway.

Actually, I have spoiled Mercedez, my grand-daughter, and she expects something each month, even though it is only books, she loves to read. I missed sending her the books in July and she left me know she missed getting things from me. hee, hee.

So hang in there, and do things different and mix it up a bit. That way life never becomes boring or stressful. Well not as stressful. And you will have a lot more fun. Anyway, that's just this crazy old lady's opinion.

Have a great week and don't you have a pool that the ducks were swimming in a few months back? How great can that be on these hot, humid days. Oh, to be able to go take a dip in the pool. It must be wonderful...but I can only dream......

Rudee said...

I'm betting the holidays will be perfect fun at Maddie's age now. She'll bring much joy to all.

Brenda said...

I forgot to mention that the photo is of her watching her Grandpa mow the lawn. He is Paw Paw and I am Maw Maw. Love that she can talk now!!!

The Crusty Crone said...

What a lovely and beautiful photo!

My first born's birthday is the 4th of July as well. Poor planning on my part...or rather no planning at all!!

Patty said...

Enjoy the little granddaughter, they grow so quickly.

I know what you mean about holidays being so different as we get older. I guess that's one reason I like Thanksgiving the best, no rushing around trying to get everything perfect for Christmas or Easter. Thanksgiving is just a big meal, no problem.

Forget tying to make everything perfect, there is no such thing, relax, enjoy and go with the flow.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I always love this time of year, as the berries ripen on the trees and although it is still summer, there is a sweet feeling of autumn in the air. There is a sense of restfulness and peace, and also of anticipation.

Jo said...

Do you remember the line in "You've Got Mail"?

"Joe Fox: Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils."

This time of year always feels like the beginning of the year for me too.

What an exquisite picture, by the way. Omigosh!

Reader Wil said...

I can imagine that you are looking forward having Maddie with you! I wish you a great time! Thanks for your visit!

Sandy said...

What a cute cute photo, love it. She is growing up!

There is a little something different when September is looming ahead. I know for me, it's the change in the angle of the sun which produces different feelings in me.

Winifred said...

That is a lovely photo Brenda. There's another change, it's little girl not a baby!

I tell you what, just cone over here on 4th July for your birthday, it's not a holiday here so it's all your own day. Although as I live in Washington, they do fly the American flag in Washington Old Hall which is the ancestral home of George Washington's family. They also get people like the mayor of Washington (yours) or the American Ambassador. So if you got homesick you could always visit there. I should go along one of these days might get some nice pictures.

PhilipH said...

I understand perfectly how you feel about September Brenda.

My two favourite months are May and September. In the UK, those two months are frequently the best, weatherwise.

One of my favourite songs:
September Song

Oh it’s a long, long while
from May ‘till December
And the days grow short
When you reach September.
When the Autumn weather
turns the leaves to flame
One hasn’t got time
For the waiting game.

My very first love bloomed in September, many moons ago. I would often walk about six miles home from my girl-friends front porch after missing the last bus...

Didn't mind one bit; she was lovely, the September night was lovely, I walked on the cool September night air as I strode on home.

Superb month, September.

Rosy said...
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Rosy said...

Yup I can surely relate to the Changes in the air.

What a pretty picture, and it fits your title well.

Brenda said...

Renie,
Yes she sure is the icing on the cake! Well said!
Hugs back at you...

Ann,
Congrats on your Anniversary...(late). I really do not like fireworks. Another story for another day. Ha.
Swimming in the pool has been sparse this summer, sad to say. We have been really busy with other things, but I love love our pool, and I love to swim also. I feel so happy to have our pool. Wish we had it year round.

Rudee,
She is a joy...someday you will have one of your own and those knitting needles will really be flying.

CC,
So your first born has the same deal with a holiday birthday. I would be curious if he or she feels the same way as me....

Patty.
Stress free holidays it will be this year! I have made up my mind to have it that way.

Ralph,
You gave a marvelous description of what I have been feeling.

Jo,
Oh yes...I had forgotten about that line. I love remembering lines in movies. My husband and I quote them often. He does more than me because his memory is better. Ha

Wil,
I always appreciate your visit also and love to visit at your place.

Sandy,
Hadn't thought about the sun angle. Now you have me curious...need to check it out.

Winifred,
Oh I would love to see photos of that! Maddie does look like a little girl in that photo, but she is still under 2.

Philip,
Thanks for remembering and sharing that poem. I really enjoyed it and now I have it saved on my blog. Nat Kind Cole had a song about September that I love, and the words remind me of your poem and memories.

Rosy,
Thanks for the compliment on the photo. I am not really much a photographer, but I had a great subject.

Poetikat said...

I know what you mean. Every September I get that old itch too - remembering text books and new clothes and the excitement of reconnecting with old classmates and meeting new ones. I loved school!

I hope you can find the greatest joy and fulfillment in your grand-daughter. (I won't forget your birthday either).


Kat

Myra said...

I understand exactly how you feel Brenda! Exactly.......
Great photo of Maddie! What a sweetie! 8-)

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