Accepting the Inevitable

I resisted.

I denied.

I procrastinated.

I sang:  

Then I accepted. Then succumbed.

I turned on the heat.  The house is just too cold in the mornings. I had to do it.

Summer is over. Time to shift the sandals to the back of the closet and wear socks and tights.  Time to collect my grandmother’s fur coat from its frozen storage, make soups, replace the thin cotton blanket with the goose down duvet, deadhead the herbs, keep a pair of gloves in my pocketbook, and swap my t-shirts for sweaters.

That’s what I hate the most. Living in the northeast, I love the change in seasons. I just don’t like preparing for them. My closet and dresser are too small to hold all my sweaters year round so by late spring every year I fold them into old suitcases, scatter cedar blocks and lavender sachets on top, and store them in the attic.

Now it’s time to retrieve them.

Each year, though I try to cull a few I didn’t wear last season, I can’t throw out the ones that I knit, or my mother knit. I’ve tossed an item only to wonder where it went and suddenly need it.  So I tend to keep them all. Those that don’t make it into my dresser drawer go in boxes under the bed and in dressers in other rooms.  I’m lucky if I remember where they are.

Some of my hand-knits seeking drawer space

And that doesn’t stop me from buying and knitting more.  Colors and textures; jackets, pullovers, cardigans and vests.  I try to wear them, but most rooms are usually too hot for me.

Maybe I should keep my t-shirts out.

The heat’s on, but the windows are open.

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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8 Responses to Accepting the Inevitable

  1. Margaret C says:

    more grandchildren = more people to wear your beautiful sweaters?

    sadly, sandal time is just about over here in the frozen north, too. I haven’t started the furnace yet, but maybe tonight. And must bring in the last tomatoes, including the green ones.

    happy fall to all!
    MC

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  2. I started putting away the Fit Flops and the cotton clothes. I got a new package of space bags and deflated all the summer clothes. Now, I pulled out the sweaters. I realized this morning that it really is fall and the winter is on the way. I really like winter clothes better. I like sweaters, boots and knit dresses. So cozy.

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  3. notquiteold says:

    I like it …”The heat’s on but the window’s open…..” with me though, I think it may be internal…

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  4. Leah says:

    I can relate. While I haven’t had to turn the heat on yet. I did bring out my coat because the mornings and evenings are starting to get quite chilly. I realized though that I need to buy a few more winter tops. All I have are short sleeves.

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  5. Maggie L R says:

    I enjoyed hearing the singing, a good old oldie, I too turned on the heat and dragged out the sweaters this weekend.. I hate the thought of another long winter, I may just hibernate.
    thanks for visiting my blog, I don’t know what went wrong, but wordpress sent you to an unused blog. I would really like you to see my moose photo and my real blog. Here is the link:
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