Bits and Piecesby Raymond Alexander Kukkee
I am getting that uneasy feeling ---again. It is that time of year. It happens every year up here in NW Ontario, but somehow, it seems to have arrived earlier this year.
Evenings and early mornings are becoming cool, dew is heavy. Yes, it is a welcome relief in some ways-- from the extreme heat--most people will agree. No matter, I get the same feeling every year. ...Summer is ending, the end is in sight--even if it's still a few weeks away, the feeling that fall is already upon us has arrived--at least in the mind.
Out there in the reality of the back yard, some leaves are indeed turning dull. A few are even yellow. Is it because of the stress from excessive heat all summer? The land is dry in spite of rainfall. We thereby reason, but do not satisfy the uneasy mind.
Is it the imagination, or is it just a perception, a 'feeling'? Are our instincts that good?
Is it worry about woodpiles that need to be collected? The sudden race to rescue and collect the traditional garden and field harvests from inclement weather on the way?
Is it about survival? Is it fear of change, or is it about self-preservation?
The urgent need to complete a building project? Could it be buried echos of dreaded school days surfacing from long ago, the torture of school about to start again, the loss of idyllic summer freedom? That's a stretch, --albeit genuine stress recalled in the past.
Is this year different, somehow? Is the Mayan calendar of doom right? Do you know what I mean?
The beavers down the road have build a huge dam on the creek to store food. Is that a sign of a difficult winter on the way? Are we like other creatures in nature, like honeybees that instinctively must store food, in bits and pieces?
--And by the way, here's an interesting aside, no wonder honey is good for the common cold. Honey bees seem to love the lowly Coneflower, also known as Echinecea as much as butterflies do. How about that?Are they stocking the medicine cabinet for the winter?
|A honeybee on Coneflower (Echinecea)|
Perhaps 'the feeling' is just one of Mother Nature's unique, persuasive methods--to get us to work harder--and survive, -making us stronger. NOT a bad thing.
Is that Incoming I hear?