The seasons are a-changin. The air is crisp in the mornings, mist rises from the marshes, the sky actually darkens at night, and light snow has dusted the mountains. Fall is lurking around the corner.
I always feel a little melancholy when summer comes to a close and the school year starts again. Bridger is a senior, Summer is in 8th grade, and Saige is in 4th grade. Candace and Haley are both finished with post high school degrees.
How did this happen? Where did time go? My babies are growing up and I’m feeling…old.
With the kids now back in school, I’ve had some time to reflect on moving to Alaska and our first summer here. I feel like time has flown by and we crammed so much stuff into our nearly 20 hours of summer daylight that it will take me until October to catch up on the posts!
Alaska astounds me. I’ve seen some beautiful places, but nothing quite like this. The massive vastness is what’s so different. The wild starts right outside the front door and it doesn’t end. It will take a lifetime to scratch the surface, but I’m willing to stick around and experience all of it that I can. It’s the right place for us right now.
We took some heat for moving here. We also had people express awe and admiration that we actually did it. I had a friend comment on a FB post that we must be “Livin’ the Dream”.
But really, we are just living. Every place we’ve been has elements of a dream and nightmare. That’s just life…it’s never completely perfect on this earth. We’re just trying to experience it in places we’ve wanted to go.
It’s taken time to settle into a routine, for the kids to make friends, for Jeff”s job to stabilize and for me to decide what’s next for my career. While I love writing, our need for affordable health insurance and my left brain mathematical compulsion led me to take a part time position as a dietitian at Providence Medical Center. It works for now.
Reflecting on Change
Friends ask, “What do you miss most living in Alaska?” What I miss most is not what I thought I would. It’s not scuba diving, beaches, good Mexican food, houses, or even scenery and activities. It’s my family and friends. I long to go to lunch, church or school functions with my friends I made 20 years ago in Driggs, 5 years ago in Hawaii and 2 years ago in Arizona. Thank heavens for technology so I still feel close to the people I cherish.
What else do I miss?…I miss my younger age. I wound love to take on Alaska with the fitness level I had in my 20’s, but instead I’m pushing 49. It’ll have to do.
I guess I’m fortunate to still have a 9 year old in the house. Saige keeps me young. Many of our friends are now empty nesters with grand-kids and I can’t imagine that. But I guess I better…most of them have kids Candace and Haley’s age.
Overall, it’s been an amazing journey as we’ve adapted to life in Alaska with many ups and downs. I’m content.
Fall is fast approaching and it’s time to say farewell summer. It’s not just the changing seasons in the Last Frontier…for me, it’s the changing seasons in life.
It’s time to reap the harvest of the past, store up treasured memories and replant seeds that will take root as we continue to create life here. I’m looking forward to it, love what we’ve seen, and thankful I’ve got the chance to live here.