The season of construction

In Canada we jokingly say we have only two seasons: winter and construction. 

We laugh, but it’s true that nature dictates that we have a time to build and a time to refrain from building.

We’re still in construction season and during my daily cottage walks I passed this sign posted by a new housing development.


This site poses a certain kind of danger. The trees they are clearing could fall a bonk someone on the head, or the large diggers and bulldozers used to dig roots and clear rocks might flatten a heedless pedestrian.

On other sites when builders sledgehammer through walls, someone might step on rusty nails or touch live electrical wires.

Construction, it seems, involves an inherent element of risk.

What about other kinds of construction?

  • When I was pregnant—”constructing” babies, so to speak—nausea and fatigue made me, let’s just say, unpleasant to be around. My husband often tiptoed around the danger zone.
  • This day after Labour Day many of us begin new studies or projects at work. As we construct our knowledge-base and our careers, we face the dangers of failure or financial losses.
  • Building a business is a dangerous proposition. To earn business rewards, an entrepreneur risks investment funds and reputation.
  • Artists and writers who build worlds for us to temporarily inhabit all know the danger of rejection, feelings of inadequacy or wasted time.

In this season of construction, are you clearing paths and building despite the danger?


4 thoughts on “The season of construction

  1. marianbeaman

    I identify with all of this. Recently, construction barriers in a radius of 1-2 miles which seem to have been up for years have been removed. Ahhh!

    Clearing paths and building? Yes, on my own blog and navigating through memoir edits.
    Lovely reflection, Arlene.

    1. Arlene Somerton Smith Post author

      Oh, isn’t it wonderful when the barriers come down. That feeling of completion.
      I am enjoying your “construction” work. Your blog always gives me something to think about and it triggers many memories of my own.

  2. roughwighting

    Great metaphors here, Arlene. I’m constructing my Fall now, planning my creative writing classes, upping my dancing/exercising routines, and drafting my new novel and new children’s book. I feel like I’m in the middle of a danger zone indeed – full of risk – but hopefully in the end, with a great end product. 🙂


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