Many of us will pause as we flip our calendar over to this last month of the year and wonder how it came to be that another year has nearly passed.
We'll think of the plans we made for our gardens at the beginning of the year, and wonder what became of those plans, if we can even remember them.
We may have started the year with a list of resolutions that were just for gardeners. How long did they last before we reverted back to our old ways, our old habits, our same old plants?
December with its shorter days invites reflection. It begs us to look back and think about the year. I think we should give in and slow down in December, take time to take stock of the past year, the past garden, and quietly reflect on it all before the days slowly, gradually begin to lengthen again. Before we know it, we'll be turning the calendar page once again and wondering how a full year has gone by.
Taking time to slow down is counter to what is around us now. We are bombarded with ads and signs telling us we must shop and cook and decorate. There is so much to do, to see. There are cards to send, presents to buy, cookies to bake, people to see in the next several weeks.
But the shorter days, the season, call for reflecting back, for remembering. Hopefully, we'll make time for that time.
Here's one of my favorite songs for doing just that, fittingly called "Seasons".