A Sense of Urgency

img_2426Just ten days ago I was sunning myself at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware, my 40-plus-years-old beach chair firmly positioned in the sand beneath me, with my 70-plus-years-old feet just barely touching the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This morning, I sit at my computer, wrapped in a flannel robe, with my naked tootsies resting on the carpet. What’s changed? I haven’t grown that much older, but something’s different. I’ve begun waking earlier; there’s an impatience to my step; a sense of urgency that underlies my actions.

Fall is here. It officially crept over the transom and into my basement two days ago at 10:21 AM, as I sat quietly in my recliner holding my cat in my lap, watching the morning news. I don’t recall hearing about its occurrrence on TV, nor did I read about it on Yahoo. It just kind of happened, that’s all. But I knew it was here. I always do.

fallThe first sign that the Autumnal Equinox had arrived was the abundance of leaves on my back deck the other morning. It was almost as if someone had dropped a bushel basket full onto the redwood painted planking from high above. And I guess He did. The second thing that alerted me to the change was a niggling impulse to wash and wax Becky’s car that same day. Granted, it was filthy from the recent vacation trip to Delaware, but it’s been dirty before without my feeling compelled to clean it. I completed the task in an almost zombie-like state, moving steadly about the driveway, first with hose in hand, then with a plastic bottle full of cleaner/wax and a polishing cloth to buff the paint to a mirror-like finish. I was a man on a mission.

Yesterday, I cleaned out my garage and tidied up the back room in my basement, cutting up cardboard boxes and rearranging items in the storage bins.  This morning, I awoke with a renewed sense of purpose and rushed downstairs to compose my blog (something that had grown more difficult in recent weeks). Later, Becky and I have plans to visit nearby Dupont Forest for a hike. Why? Because it’s fall, and that’s what we do when late September shortens the days and reminds us not to waste a minute of the precious time we have left of our God given lives.

In spring, we are urged to smell the roses. The same can be said for fall, only it’s not the scent of flowers we are compelled to inhale, but the comforting aroma of decaying leaves that tickles our noses and causes many of us to sneeze. Soon, based upon some arcane legislation originally designed to aid farmers pursue their livelihood, we’ll “fall back,” and theoretically gain an hour. But don’t be fooled. It’s just a canard. Use that imaginary extra hour. Do something worthwhile. Take a walk. Rake your lawn. Smell the leaves. It’s fall—in more ways than we like to admit for some of us.

So what are you waitng for? Get moving. Each day is a gift. And I intend to use every damned minute of this one!


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About AuthorJoePerroneJr

I am a former professional fly-fishing guide, and I write the Matt Davis Mystery Series, which presently consists of four books: As the Twig is Bent, Opening Day, Twice Bitten, and Broken Promises. The series is set in the real town of Roscoe, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, where I guided for ten years. I love fly fishing, movies, cooking (and eating), and music. To learn more about me and my writing, please visit my website at: http://www.joeperronejr.com.
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16 Responses to A Sense of Urgency

  1. balroop2013 says:

    The fall on your side of the road is so beautiful!! It seems inspiring too! Must plan my next soon. 🙂

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    • I must confess that the picture I used is a generic one and not of my neighborhood. It could just as well have been, however, because I live in a beautiful part of Western North Carolina. We look forward to your visit! 🙂

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  2. bill ramsey says:

    Time is like gravity – neither can be altered or avoided. This was a powerful blog, Joe.

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  3. mommermom says:

    What beautiful fall colors you are experiencing!

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  4. All right, Joe! You’re so inspirational, and we all need a dose now and then. Keep on plugging, baby!

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    • Thanks, Mary. Becky and I took a terrific four-plus-mile hike over in Dupont Forest up to one of the three lakes. Met several interesting people and an adorable little miniature Daschund named Lacy. 🙂

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  5. Bruce Pfeffer says:

    Fall can be depressing, and then it’s the winter of my life. So I avoid blogs like this, and discard the toothpaste tube before it gets to the last week of product. Also recommended is avoiding that Sinatra standard “It was a very good year”.

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    • Come on, Bruce. We’re still alive and kicking. Celebrate life! My Uncle Ferdi made it to 99-1/2, so I figure I’ve got another 28 years to go . . . maybe. Doesn’t matter. Every one is a gift from God. 🙂

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  6. Nice visual images, Joe. I agree. Don’t waste a moment.

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  7. Allie P. says:

    Beautiful shots! I’ve blocked the time change out of my mind. It never goes easily in my house, but I love the suggestion to do more with the hour.

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  8. Al says:

    I feel the same. For me there is also the advent of the new school year. I’ve lived by the school calendar all my life so the pull is strong. Have a great fall. Let’s see a new Matt Davis arrive! 😊

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