Living in Texas we don't have distinct seasons. Winter goes from about January - February with temps ranging anywhere from the high 70's - low 30's; Spring is from March - April; Summer from May - October; and Fall is from about November - December. That is what I consider a "normal" year, but lately the "norm" hasn't been the case. Since our season changes do not normally coincide with the calendar I never give much thought to what "season" it is, but Michael did.
Michael was always aware of everything - too much at times. He would seem to get excited about the first day of the new season which is why I find it ironic that in 2004, the first day of summer was on June 21st, the day he was diagnosed with cancer and he died on September 21st, the first day of fall.
Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3:1-2 says:
To every [thing there is] a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up [that which is] planted;
I think Michael understood this verse more than I realized
When Michael first went into the hospital he was given this frog to bring comfort to him, and a couple of weeks later a sweet neighbor brought him this cute dog along with several other other items. Whenever Michael would have to go into the hospital to take chemo, he would always take the dog and sometimes the frog too.
I don't remember exactly when it was, but I am thinking it was in August when he worked on this sun catcher during one of his hospital stays. It says: "Faith - Never Give Up - Miracles Happen Everyday!"
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