Saturday, August 16, 2008

Fall Transformation Meme

Every year nowadays, I tell myself that this will be the year I finally just kick back, relax, and enjoy the summer months. And it's always around the middle of July when I say to myself, "Okay, I'm sick of this crap. Come on, September." There are many transformations that I anticipate as fall approaches, and it just so happens that it's the subject of the GalPals' Friday Five this week...

For this Friday's Five, share with us five transformations that the coming fall will bring your way.

1. In November, I'll celebrate the four-year anniversary of my call to my present church. I always consider this a big deal, and I probably anticipate it a little too much all year long leading up to it. Whenever this date rolls around, I undertake a good deal of reflection about where I've been and where I'm going, and I celebrate another full years' worth of experiences.

2. I've lived in this area of Ohio off and on for over 20 years, and I've always treasured how this area looks, feels, smells with the arrival of fall. As much as living among cornfields can drive me nuts sometimes, the fall months amplify for me what makes rural and small-town Ohio wonderful: flatbed trailers of pumpkins for sale along country roads, corn mazes, the smell of leaves burning, the high school marching band practicing in the distance, the deep and wide acreage of reds, oranges, yellows and browns. Fall colors around my white clapboard-now-sided church is especially irenic for me. I always look forward to this transformation.

3. The transformation of our house. This parsonage has an attached garage, as in the garage shares a wall with the rest of the building. However, there is no door in said wall. Such a thing has made rain and snow lots of fun to traverse as we run along the side of the house, fumble with our keys, and finally throw open the door to get inside. Not to mention the added fun of carrying a car seat with an infant during all of this. The property committee recently approved a project to put in a door in order to make our garage truly attached, and it's scheduled to happen sometime this fall.

4. Sleep training, rice cereal, and teething. These are some of the joys of parenthood that we will begin this fall. But this will also include the hiring of a nanny for a few hours a week for those days when neither of the Coffeeparents can be home (there'll still be plenty of time spent with CoffeeGrandparents, too).

5. I personally transform from being in more of a baseball mood to being in more of a college football mood. While I will still enjoy watching how the playoffs will shape up (and rooting against the Yankees and Red Sox the whole way), the Tigers and Indians are not poised to be a part of October unless Detroit goes on a major tear (read: basically goes undefeated while Chicago and Minnesota collapse). So I anticipate Saturday afternoons and I hope that this transitional year won't be all that bad.

Bonus: Give us your favorite activity that is made possible by the arrival of fall.