Another Year

The days are growing shorter. I know this because my neighbor and I walk every morning at 6:30. Now I am like a chicken – in that I rise with the sun and it has become much harder of late to get out of bed when there is no light outside. We do get to see beautiful sunrises over the trees to the east and when we return the view of Pikes Peak is still a sight that thrills me. The only challenging part is getting up.

As I pick the fresh vegetables from my garden, I am subtly reminded that just like the shorter hours each day, this summer is winding down. The school bus is already coming up our road every morning and evening. Another school year is underway. Fall sports have begun. Winter is on the horizon.

It has been ten months since Dean died. I still think of him every day but without the pain now. Day to day living has pushed the pain away and that is how it should be. The good memories have crowded out the bad. When something reminds me of one of his stories, laughter has replaced the tears. Love will always be there but the next generation, and the one beyond that, plus daily living has my time and attention now – and that is how it should be too.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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