I know today is Monday and Monday means food... but you guys, it is also Labor Day. Don't worry Monday Treats is only on hold and will resume after this previously scheduled interruption.
What does Labor Day mean for you? Does it conjure images of family bbqs? Camping trips? Sand and surf? Fauna and flora?
Today is bitter sweet, don't you agree? Not in the reality of its present state, but more in the memory of time gone by. It is, in a sense, the end. The end to a season, an end to freedom and adventure, an end to days spent carefree in the sun (though my skin tone would suggest otherwise).
Today I remember the time I spent working at a camp off the coast of Lake Michigan. Every August for most of my life I would end the Summer there, on the beach, watching the sun melt one last time into the shimmering surface of Lake Michigan.
There was an easy rhythm to life there. We worked in the morning and evenings, leaving the afternoons free to lay by the lake, toasting our teenage bodies to a caramelized crisp. By Labor Day I would be perfectly golden brown, the kind of golden brown every s'more destined marshmallow dreams of. Though tanning was practically a career in those days (don't worry I wore SPF...8 or something) the fact that I am the color of casper while I type this is not why my heart feels sweetly broken in this moment.
Instead, today, I remember that beautiful twinge. The pain which flutters right behind your ribs, settling into every fiber of your being. It symbolizes endings and beginnings in a way that no other day can... We all think of New Year resolutions as a time of change, but LABOR DAY is so much more! It is a change of heart, a change of season, a fresh start... Literally.
I may not be going back to school. I am not leaving my Summer home behind or saying goodbye to nights camping under the stars... I am however, welcoming the new season with open arms. I am embracing the change that I feel running through my heart, it has been waiting, quietly, for me to accept its presents and today, I will close my eyes and allow it to lead me into the beauty of the unknown.
I mentioned before that this has been a year of discovery, of soul searching and acceptance. The surface of those things are a vein which runs through every moment of my life, every season, every Summers end. The bitter sweet moments may have changed, though the feeling remains, I will face them with love and hope, anticipation and vulnerability.
Let's journey together. Let us dream and discover.
Happy Labor Day my friends, here is to you and the season (of) change.