To paraphrase an often used cliche’,” The only thing constant these days is change.” That is for sure in life and also with the seasons, as we are starting to see with the radiant colors bursting forth with the fall foliage. Whether you are hiking a mountain trail or just driving in your car, you can’t help but notice that the leaves are starting their annual conversion to brilliant hues brought on by cooler nights and dry sunny days. I love everything about the fall. The cooler temperatures, the sweaters and wool hats, that cool crispy morning air that hits you in the face as you make your way out the door in the morning. We are blessed with the daily changes in the foliage which are noticeable for weeks at a time until the spectacular color show ends in late October. Then another change occurs. But what about change?

As I sit in my car and admire the show, I also think about how many fall seasons I have seen in my life and how each one is different and should be appreciated in its own way. I reminisce with scenes in my head of grade school fall soccer with my son. Hikes with him in a backpack and naps in the car afterwards. I go way back and think about my grade school football days where I knew absolutely nothing and just ran around to get my uniform dirty. I think about those first classrooms and the changing kids each year both physically and otherwise. New kids, old kids, kids that had become friends as we played in the piles of leaves that my dad raked in the lawn. Yes the only thing constant is change for sure and it happens more rapidly as the years go by.

Riding my mountain bike in the fall and hiking is another way to see natures portrait and when I am alone, I have more time to think about change. Things have happened in my life that have taught me lessons. Sad changes like death and illness for people once loved and now in their eternal reward. Disappointments, heartaches, and changes that have made me sad……….and happy. Let’s concentrate on those for a moment.

Perhaps the biggest change in my life has been my marriage to my wonderful wife Janet. Today we celebrate 31 year of marriage and though our years together have provided changes full of laughter and tears, the important thing is that we weathered the storms together and continue to do so. We also have had our share of laughs,many laughs,and as they also say in true cliche’ form, ” every pot has a lid.” And Janet has certainly been the lid to my pot of boiling, roiling, mixtures of angst, strain, humor, laughter, heartache,crazy thoughts and outbursts, and miscellaneous issues and feigned solutions all bubbling in that pot. Janet tends to be the level headed and strong personality in dealing with me as I tend to be like my mother with emotional solutions and impulsive and at times impetuous behavior. Trying to fix everything and be the peacemaker. Janet tempers that with thought, and taking that much needed deep breath before she takes the lid off and stirs the mixture into a recipe that can be palatable for our family. I am not the easiest person to live with and she has done it with grace far beyond what I deserve.

As you think about change this fall season, think about whether you have received grace from that special person in your life. Think about how you have given grace and been even tempered and loving in the midst of change in your life. Think about those leaves and how they react to changes in the weather. Are you a colorful light to your spouse, significant other, friends, family, older person? I find myself thinking a lot more about those things as the years go by and the changes that constantly occur in my life. And how absolutely blessed to have someone to share those things with throughout this lifelong season of ………..change. Happy Anniversary dear. God Bless ya!! You are quite the lid to my pot.

” To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”
-Ecclesiastes 3 1-8.

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18 thoughts on “Seasons

  1. Lisa says:

    Lovely post, pictures and congrats on 31 years. Yes fall reminds us change is constant but sometime embrace change and others hard to embrace.

  2. Dan Ros says:

    Perfect time for a post like this. Changing seasons are a blessing. A reminder that nothing stays the same for long (good or bad). It’s a chance to embrace change and an opportunity make change. Having someone to experience and tackle life’s changes for 31 years is a huge blessing, and congrats on the anniversary! Fall is also my favorite season, and I love that this post made me stop and appreciate it for a few minutes.

  3. Janet McCloskey says:

    Happy Anniversary to wonderful husband! Thanking the Lord for putting us together and being the glue!😘xoxo

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  4. jack ladesic says:

    Congrats to you & Janet, Pat. Head for a 50th! Hope to get together for some turns one of these days. Let me know if you’ll be in Vail anytime this winter.
    Best to you both, Jack

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  5. Linda Visosky says:

    Happy Anniversary Pat and Janet! Pat What a nice tribute to Janet. Wishing you another 30 + years of togetherness!

  6. zoogza1 says:

    Your wife seems so great for you. So nice to see that. I think a lot about my days at Berkeley Hills Elementary and what a great life I had living off of Siebert Road. So many good memories at that school and North Hills. And Robin had a good experience at Eden – Berkeley Hills Campus! More great memories. Even Shelby went to kindergarten there.

    On Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 4:43 PM chroniclesofmccloskey wrote:

    > patmccloskey posted: ” To paraphrase an often used cliche’,” The only > thing constant these days is change.” That is for sure in life and also > with the seasons, as we are starting to see with the radiant colors > bursting forth with the fall foliage. Whether you are hiking a mou” >

  7. Art Bonavoglia says:

    Happy Anniversary! We are changing, things are changing, and moving faster! Isn’t it great that God doesn’t change.

  8. Chatton, Julie says:

    Always a pleasure to read your musings Pat!
    And Happy Anniversary ~ God Bless

  9. Russel R Davies says:

    Great one Pat! Happy Anniversary!!

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