The leaves are a clear sign of seasonal change, but, around our home, there is another clear indicator - the pool. In spring/summer, it's alive with kids of all ages. Beautiful blue and inviting. In fall/winter, it too must hibernate. Sleeping until the sun warms the earth and invites the kids to once again take a dip. Each year we close it (last night we closed it), I see another season of our lives pass. Next year, my older kids may be moved out, my younger kids will be older with new interests, another year of homeschool will be done and we'll tackle summer once again.