Lesson #25 – “The Times They are A-Changin”


“Come gather ’round people

Wherever you roam

And admit that the waters

Around you have grown

And accept it that soon

You’ll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you

Is worth savin’

Then you better start swimmin’

Or you’ll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin”

Bob Dylan

Change is all around me.  I can feel it in my bones.  Is that lyrics from a song?  Anyway, the times they are certainly changin!  This feeling of change can be quite overwhelming. Anticipation of the changes is a bit nerve wracking for me I admit.  For me it can be stressful and can even cause panic!  Don’t ask me why….it just can.  Others react better I know.  Surely, it has something and everything to do with the aging process.

Someone once called me a homebody and he didn’t mean it as a compliment!  I was, in fact, insulted by him calling me this….as if it were a curse word.  But, the older that I get I realize that I certainly may be a homebody.  It’s NOT a bad thing at all.  I love to be at home puttering around doing this and that and doing nothing at all.  Am I wasting my time?  I think not.  I can read a good book in total silence, watch a TV show that I am embarrassed about watching in front of my husband because it has no benefit to me or my mind.  I can also plan how to change up that room or to roam the internet searching for a great pair of boots that I will never buy or to look at what’s on sale at my fav stores or, maybe, for nothing at all!  I can eat a huge amount of popcorn and drink as much diet soda (and not healthy H2O) as I like……so there! My point is change outside my four walls is easy and I can take it.  Safe in my surroundings I suppose.  When it comes to change coming through my front door …..well, that change is daunting!

I know what you are thinking!  Change is a good thing and it certainly is and I understand that.  It doesn’t make it easier for me.  I have had a lot of change in the past year or so and I believe I have handled it quite well, thank you very much.  (Head pat here!)

This next year change will bring many happy times for our family.  My daughter is moving into a larger home but saying goodbye to the home she brought her babies home to.  I remember like it was yesterday how difficult it was for me to move from my ‘baby homes’ to another part of the country.  It is sad and happy at the same time.  My son and his fiance’ have set the date for their marriage and the plans for the merriment are in motion.  Relatives are making plans to change jobs and perhaps a State change as well.  Who knows?  Friends are making changes left and right.  Selling their ‘raising children’ homes and buying smaller sparkly new ones.  Another friend moving back from whence they came.  Others building back a new and improved home washed away by Sandy.  A new baby is acomin’ very very soon.  Lots of excitement going on.  So many things changing around me.  More changes that I don’t even realize now other than I can just feel it. Hold on to my hat I say!

Bob and I are actually planning a move for ourselves FINALLY!  We had agreed to decide what we wanted a year or so after selling our ‘forever’ home.  It has been one year, three months and two weeks since we closed.  (I think that’s right….but who’s counting?)  My husband recently said to me that if he didn’t have ‘his’ swimming pool 40 minutes away, he would have gone bezerk months ago!  I haven’t gone bezerk but I have thought about going. I believe I have made a friend with my surroundings and actually like puttering around this poor little summer shack.  I have made peace with it. Good Lord!  I am a homebody!

We need to be closer to my children and grandchildren to be really happy.  We have decided to head back home and this time in earnest.   Speaking of being earnest, we actually were in the earnest money phase of buying one of those small, new sparkly homes. Be that as it may (don’t you just LOVE that saying….be that as it may)…..not sure exactly what it means but I love it……Again, be that as it may, we have a long list of new builds and other homes to look at so when we have a realtor who wants to go along for a long ride, we shall begin.  My anxiety level is rising as I write this.  I am certain by the end of this year we will be in our own new home closer to my children and grandchildren.  I’m certain this time!  Really! I will report back.  Change….ouch. Press on.  Anxiety level be damned!

Times they are a-changin’ for all of us.  I suppose the stars are aligned for change this year.  Exciting and the air is alive with anti…………ci………paaaaa……tion…..Personally, politically, etc. etc.

The dictionary says “Change” means ‘to make or become different’, ‘to make a new decision different from an old one’, ‘to improve’, ‘to exchange one thing for another thing’.

“Your old road is

Rapidly agin’

Please get out of the new one

If you can’t lend your hand

                           For the times they are a-changin’ ”        Bob Dylan

Amen to that!  Cheers to change in all our lives.

I just have to get out more.
























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2 thoughts on “Lesson #25 – “The Times They are A-Changin”

  1. Thank you Julie! We need to make plans!!!


  2. Julie Kozar says:

    Absolutely love it, Leigh!!!!!!




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