About this time last year, I wrote a post about autumn in Delaware Park. Walter was still a newborn; I typed with one hand, and held him with the other. Several posts were completed in this fashion. Then the holidays arrived, and with them came the arrival of “real life” once more. I kept meaning to get back to this page. Here I am, a year later!
Autumn has been good to us again this year. Winter was interminable, spring was rather short, summer was just so-so, but autumn has been good. Think of that statement as a comparison rather than a complaint. Truthfully, all the seasons have been good and filled with blessing, but autumn seems especially so.
This autumn, Walter turned one. He is the delight of the family. He is cruising, but not yet walking; babbling, but not yet saying words; sleeping well, but not yet sleeping through the night; getting bigger, but not really growing hair. He loves to eat, he loves his brothers, and his newest source of pleasure is flopping down on his tummy to go down the slide at the playground
Thomas and Jack have been delightful in their own ways. They have been busy with music and hockey, and have kept us busy as chauffeurs. Oddly, I usually don’t mind all the hockey runs. It takes a little bit of planning and a little bit of food to keep Walter occupied, but it’s nice to get out of the house!
The weather has been beautiful so we try to get out of the house on a regular basis. We enjoy the once colorful and now fallen leaves, the deep blue skies, and the golden sunlight. We come in, drink apple cider, and munch on corn chips while feeding Walter his yogurt. We turn on the white Christmas lights and light a candle as the sun goes down on these ever-shortening days. The house is cozy, but not quiet. There is a perpetual undercurrent of activity as the five of us and the cat share our days and nights together.
That is my autumn update. I feel like I’ve written a Christmas letter! Perhaps I’ll write again sometime, and perhaps next time I won’t wait an entire year!