MickBie and Me: Autumn or Fall?

By Jes Bouchard

It’s already October.

This time of year is my best friend, but also my en­emy. Autumn. It’s the time of year for bonfires, hay rides, apple cider, dough­nuts, the list goes on! It’s the time of year when you can leave your window open and it’s better than any air condi­tioning around.

There are Fri­day night football games and bundling up and getting cozy next to your loved one. (In my case, of course, I’m usually cuddling with MickBie – and I love it.)

It’s the time of year when you can go over to Scooter’s, see the lovely Tol­li, and get a Pumpkin Pie Latte. You’ll probably even see me there, because Tolli has made it a second home for MickBie and me.

Yes, autumn is that time of year when everything is fun and delightful. At least, that is what I used to think. Now? Now it’s a haunting reminder of my own health as I see each leaf fall to the ground. Autumn is no longer au­tumn – no, officially it is fall.

We all fall. We stumble and we stammer at some point in our lives. Right now, I’m falling in all aspects of my life: spiritually, emotionally, men­tally, and physically.

I’m at a point where I can no longer hold myself up. And that’s when I rely on my faith and on the amazing people around me.

There’s actually a Bible story that fits me perfectly. In Exodus 17, Joshua is fighting armies that are attacking the Israelites. As long as Moses is on the mountain with his staff in the air, Joshua wins.

The moment Moses’ arms start to fall, the Israelites start to lose. So what happens? Moses gets tired, he gets weak, and he can’t handle it any more. And in that moment, Aaron and Hur come alongside Moses and hold his arms up for him. Moses is at that breaking point, and there is noth­ing he can do but rely on the people around him to help.

If life around you is an “Autumn” – enjoy it. Relish it. Celebrate each sec­ond.

But if, for some reason, you’re expe­riencing “Fall” – pause. Ask somebody to hold up your arms. It’ll get better, and when it does, rejoice. Go to Scoot­er’s or make a bonfire, and cozy up with a loved one; that’s what MickBie and I will be doing soon enough.

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