Sunsets, Both Real and Metaphorical, as We Prepare to Move


“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.”

– Richard Paul Evans

Tomorrow morning the movers arrive, so I’m packing up the last remaining items and thinking about the end of this chapter in our lives.



“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

We’re in Oregon, so often it’s overcast or rainy, but we’re on a hill, and our deck faces west, so when there is a sunset, we have a great view of it.


“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!”

– C. JoyBell C.

My husband and I make it a practice to check the sky each evening to see whether we’ll have a sunset. Over the years we’ve lived in this house, we’ve seen many glorious sunsets and felt grateful for each one.


“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

– Jo Walton

We won’t have a sunset view (or sunrise either, for that matter) in our new home, so we’ll have to make sure we create a new ritual for our evenings. A time to relax and to think about all the things we’re thankful for.


 What special rituals do you have in the mornings or evenings for relaxing? For expressing your gratitude?

6 thoughts on “Sunsets, Both Real and Metaphorical, as We Prepare to Move

  1. What a shame that your new home won’t have your sunsets (or sunrises) that you have enjoyed so much. When I didn’t have a sunset view I used to go to the lake where there was a lovely lookout that had a fantastic sunset view. People from all over the city would fill up this one location to watch them. Maybe there will be an open spot near your new home that affords a good view of the sunsets and you can have family walks to enjoy them.

    • We’ll definitely be looking. The sunset might be tricky due to the terrain, but I think the sunrise may be fairly easy to walk to. Also, I’m sure we will find other things to enjoy. I’m already getting a kick out of watching the Canada Geese hanging out in a nearby marshy area.

  2. Wishing you well with your move.. and while you may not have the Sunsets to view, you hold their memory, and together both you and your hubby can reflect the light of each other… 🙂
    Take care.. Love and Blessings

  3. Hello Christy, What a lovely post! My husband and I both have a ritual of watching a bit of British TV in the evening. It helps both of us to unwind — share a laugh, or help one another with a tricky plot. My morning ritual is to spend a few minutes of quiet thought — thinking about the good things in my life, or planning a day trip or new experience.
    Wishing you and your family well!

    • Thanks for sharing your rituals. I wouldn’t say we do it often enough to call it a ritual, but the last couple of nights we’ve watched our share of British TV (Downtown Abbey and Grantchester).

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