BY SYNDI POWELL
I don't know about anyone else, but the time from Labor Day until New Year's Eve is a wonderful time of year to me. There's something about kids going back to school that signals a fresh beginning. Then you get the cooler temperatures and falling leaves of Fall. Halloween followed by Thanksgiving (my absolute favorite holiday) then Christmas (my second favorite), my birthday and New Year's gives me great joy. There's so much going on with the family and friends that I don't have time to be lonely. I anticipate all the fun that could happen at these events if I could fit them all into my already packed schedule.
That's how I feel right now. But in about March, I'll anticipate Spring with the flowers blooming and warmer temperatures. And then Easter (my third favorite holiday) ushers in another beginning. Tee shirts and shorts with sandals become my uniform, and plans start to pour in for picnics, weddings and graduation parties. I can't help but feel joy as Spring turns into Summer.
Is anyone else like this? I enjoy the season I'm in, but then I start looking forward to what the next one will bring. (Except for winter… I'd rather skip the snow and ice). I know we're supposed to enjoy the moment. To live in the present. But I like feeling the anticipation that comes with looking forward to the future.
For example, my family and I have been planning our trip to Disney World this coming December for the last two years. We got together this past Sunday to plan out our days while we're in Orlando including putting in our reservations for some of the biggest rides. My mom, sister and I love to discuss what we're going to do and what we're going to see. It might make the eyes of my nieces roll, but we enjoy the planning part of the trip. Whether the reality of the experience lives up to our anticipation doesn't matter so much because we enjoy talking about the what ifs and could happens.
Sweet anticipation. Maybe it's a bride planning her wedding. Or a mom preparing for the birth of her baby. Or a family planning the trip of a lifetime. If anticipation had a taste, I think it would be like a rich chocolate that satisfies the deep yearning in your soul.
What are you anticipating?
PS- I 'd hoped to post a picture of the cover for my February 2020 Heartwarming book, but I'm having technical difficulties of posting anything but text here. Guess you'll have to anticipate seeing it next time....