Bye Bye

     I can’t believe we had to say good-bye to Beth already.  It seems like yesterday when she first arrived at Voyageur to be a part of the crew for the summer.  She was the first of our summer staff to leave and the others are counting down their remaining days on the Gunflint Trail. 

     For those of you who read my blog you know I have a difficult time with change and with things being over.  The end of winter is a hard time when I can no longer go cross-country skiing or walk across the frozen surface of a wilderness lake.  The end of summer is just as difficult if not more.

     When the summer staff leaves we never know when or if we will see them again.  They become a huge part of our lives as we eat 3 meals a day together, work together and live together in close quarters.  Some of our staff will return to work year after year or visit us when they are up for a canoe trip.

     It’s always hard to say good-bye, especially to people who have become an important part of your life.  Things change, nothing stays the same, it’s a fact of life.  It’s just something I have a hard time adjusting too.  If only we had a little longer or could freeze time like in Sleeping Beauty. 

     With every ending there is a new beginning.  When the leaves fall off of the trees in the fall we can find peace in the fact there will be new ones next spring.  When the snow melts and gives way to the earth we know winter will come again.  I guess I need to learn to live in the moment and not worry about the past or what might happen in the future.  I need to be thankful for the people who are in my life today and accept change like I accept the rise and fall of the sun each day.