Hard to imagine we’ve gotten to this point already…but it’s back-to-school, end-of-summer time. Labor Day is here, and with it the closing of pools and beaches. I’ve always loved summertime, even as a mother with the duty of ensuring the kiddies were kept occupied (and according to many moms, “putting up” with having them around all day each day!) I usually cherish this season, yet this year our circumstances just didn’t seem to allow for enough of that. And I’ve been woefully absent from this blog.
|Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker
The crossing guard was standing duty at the corner the other morning, the same one who used to guide my own children safely across the street. Young ones of varying ages and heights shouldered backpacks brimming with hope and anticipation, as well as supplies needed to begin this year’s academic journey. My mind flashed back to the days of watching my kids appearing just the same way, each year the same and yet new.
I took a long walk that day, but our street was filled with parked cars. Just a few houses down is the elementary school, and classes were in session for the beginning of a new school year. Parents sat patiently in their cars, waiting to pick up their kindergarteners – it was too early for the older kids to be let out yet. On my return, a teacher had just led his class out onto the playground for lunchtime recess.
It’s just the cycle of things, I suppose. The urge to rail against time passing by is strong in me, though, and I just want everything to stand still, even if for one more month, one more week, one more day. Changing of seasons, even though this is merely a representative ritual, remind us of our limited time here, and the importance of not taking it – or anything this life provides – for granted.
Last week also marked a milestone here on the blog. Amazingly, it’s been a year since we began! Last Tuesday was officially our Blogiversary. One year. I remember the day my finger hovered above the “Enter” key, for what seemed like forever. The nervous fear of doing something I’d never done before, in front of the whole world – for anyone to see – anchoring that finger in midair. I began with no knowledge of blogs, or the blogging world, and most definitely no clue about this wonderful community of pet bloggers and readers…You.
Thank you, dear friends, for all your positive (and much-needed!) support, and for allowing us to follow along the path toward better blogging, better community, a better world for animals. It’s been quite a year. It’s been quite a summer. I’m heading off, backpack shouldered, full of hope and anticipation – into a new season, a new year. I hope you’ll be there with me! And CindyLu says, “I’mmmm back!”
One year ago, CindyLu’s first blog post