It’s go­ing fast!

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial - BY GARY SHAW

All of you read­ers don’t nec­es­sar­ily need or want this gen­tle re­minder of where we all are on the cal­en­dar. When­ever any of us end up in a con­ver­sa­tion as we dodge through the day-to-day ac­tiv­i­ties, that rep­re­sents the process that is our lives, the chat will usu­ally be fairly pre­dictable.

Our first topic will usu­ally be about the weather. It doesn’t seem to mat­ter much, as folks from Labrador we can usu­ally find some ex­treme at ei­ther end of the scale that can take us a few min­utes to work our way through.

The next topic will of­ten be fo­cused on how quickly the time seems to pass. There is very lit­tle doubt that our lives some­how seem much busier than they once were. Whether we are busier or it just seems that way, there is lit­tle doubt that time goes faster. When I was a boy, I re­mem­ber my grand­fa­ther telling me when I was be­ing in­pa­tient about be­ing old enough to drive his old truck, he said, “Don’t wish your life away boy, the older you get the faster the time goes .” Grandpa was right.

There is no bet­ter ex­am­ple of this than our sum­mer in Labrador, par­tic­u­larly this year. We have ex­pe­ri­enced a much later spring this year than what would have been nor­mal. Ev­ery­thing was late, the snow stayed late, the tem­per­a­tures stayed ab­nor­mally cooler and the day to day ac­tiv­i­ties that we all par­tic­i­pate in that rep­re­sents the ar­rival of our nor­mal Spring and sum­mer were sure slow in ar­riv­ing.

All of these con­di­tions have given most of us a greater sense of ur­gency to get out and squeeze as much of the sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties into our lives as our short­ened sea­son will al­low.

The re­al­ity is that Regatta Day has came and went, many of us have had our an­nual trip out­side that is part of our an­nual sum­mer ac­tiv­i­ties and find­ing our­selves look­ing ahead at what lit­tle bit of sum­mer we have left.

When you fac­tor in Mother Na­ture’s gen­tle re­minders, the days are al­ready get­ting a bit shorter on both ends of our days and all of the wild flow­ers are go­ing to seed. The young birds are out and on the go, most as big as their moth­ers, the young robins are out pick­ing away in our yards and the young jays in their full grey plumage are learn­ing the tricks of the trade from the adult birds in weaselling some treats from us at the cab­ins.

More sub­tle signs are in our face as we walk through the stores that have big dis­plays of the back to school stuff, all lined up re­mind­ing mom and dad that you ought not hes­i­tate, get this “stuff” picked up, time is tick­ing.

Plans are in place to get the older kids packed up, travel plans for them head­ing out, many for the first time, filled with the in­de­pen­dence and ex­cite­ment that goes with post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion. As par­ents and grand­par­ents we help in fa­cil­i­tat­ing this time in our chil­dren’s lives as we all find our­selves with the real and per­ceived stress that our ba­bies leav­ing the nest brings.

The re­al­ity is, as we wind down yet an­other sum­mer in Labrador, don’t miss a minute, get out the door, go to the cabin, go to the lake, have as much fun out­side the door as pos­si­ble.

The down side is that it will be a long run from the ar­rival of the snow un­til we get an­other shot at sum­mer. The up side will be as we move ahead, just maybe Septem­ber will give us a nice warm month to ex­tend some of our sum­mer fun. Here’s hop­ing that’s how it goes, ei­ther way, don’t miss a minute, and en­joy all the sum­mer we have left.

PHOTO BY GARY SHAW

Sum­mer won’t be around for­ever so en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties like these while you can

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