Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Reflections at summer’s unofficial end September 4, 2019

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THE SIGNS EXIST EVERYWHERE. In the sunny warm days that give way to nights so cold I’m now closing windows overnight. In the melodic chirp of crickets. Of leaves tinged red.



These days feel of summer’s end, of autumn slipping in, of days that are shorter, nights that are longer.



And, unofficially, Labor Day marks the end of summer.



I expected a different summer from my previous two of broken bones and subsequent therapy. I expected a fun summer of relaxation and exploration. Joy of carefree days. Sunday afternoon drives.



But sometimes life delivers the unexpected (worse than broken bones) and we learn that we are made of much more than we ever thought possible. Strength stretched. Faith strengthened. Patience tested. Endurance not a choice.



I learned that I can be assertive and strong and persistent and a fighter. I learned the definition of selflessness, not that I’m a selfish person. I learned the incredible depth of love. Beyond what I even thought possible.



I learned to prioritize, to drop the unnecessary, to focus on what was most important.



I learned the enduring value of friendship from those friends who cared from day one and continue to care. It is true what they say about finding out who your friends really are during difficult days.



When I look back on the past four months, I see a spring and summer that seem unrecognizable. It’s been a journey, one that continues. But as the season of autumn arrives, life is better, calmer. And for that I am thankful.


All of these photos were taken last week during an evening walk through Faribault Energy Park.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


14 Responses to “Reflections at summer’s unofficial end”

  1. Littlesundog Says:

    I think we appreciate the change of seasons and reflecting on them more as we age/mature. Dropping the unnecessary is very freeing. I can’t imagine sometimes, why I’ve held onto so many unnecessary thoughts, work, and daily rituals.

  2. melirey96 Says:

    I too expected a better summer, but unfortunately it didn’t work out that way. I came down with chronic fatigue and other health issues. Seems like as soon as I hit my 40’s last year few days after my birthday I began to get sick. Aging sure comes with surprises.As you say life comes with unexpected things. Thank you for this post a reminder of strength, faith and patience. Life can knock you down sometimes we need this. Have a blessed day!

  3. Missy’s Håndarbeid (Missy’s Crafty Mess) Says:

    Beautiful pictures! Fall is a great time for reflection and reprioritizing

  4. Jackie Hemmer Says:

    Audrey, God is never blind to your tears, never deaf to your prayers, and never silent to your pain. He sees. He hears and he will always be with you. I’m glad you have recognized the positives in your trials, but that doesn’t surprise me as you are a women of faith. Glad things are looking brighter, may your fall be bright and warm with peace and assurance from the one who shares in your joys and sorrows. Love you friend.

  5. valeriebollinger Says:

    Thank you for the beautiful photos and your wonderful words. You are strong. You have faith. You are loved.

  6. Susan Ready Says:

    As always your well chosen sparse words are meaningful and heartfelt-yes life is many unexpected twists and turns that challenge the spirit

  7. Gorgeous photos and words. Thank you. Challenges abound but there is something permanent and grounding in your photos in this post.

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