Fall starts here in the States on Saturday, and I can’t wait! I had a brief conversation with a friend of a friend this past weekend, and he was bemoaning the end of summer. He’s a teacher, and so that might explain part of it, but he’s cold-natured, too, and so that’s another reason he prefers summer to fall. He couldn’t quite understand why I was so giddy about the upcoming season of crunching leaves, pumpkins, hot cider, sweater-and-jeans weather and the smell of evening fires.
Now I know not all of you reading this are heading into autumn (I’m thinking of my Aussie and Kiwi friends particularly who are bidding winter goodbye), but I expect there are beautiful changes in nature poised to happen wherever you live.
This week, the comic strip Mutts is paying tribute to the joys of autumn. I especially love the quote from yesterday’s strip: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” (Albert Camus)
Camus’ words capture well just one aspect of the season that makes me love fall so well. There is beauty all around, and it is beauty in fiery reds and oranges and burgundies and golds, contrasted against a clearer, bluer sky of cooler weather that has chased away summer’s haze.
I think George Eliot captures my sentiments most accurately: “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
Autumn is delicious to me – a feast for all five of my senses.
Watch the leaves turn
The advice in today’s Mutts strip is also well worth heeding: “Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” (Elizabeth Lawrence)
I hope that, whether you’re mourning the end of another summer or gleefully loading up on pumpkin goodies at your local coffee shop, you’ll take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. I’ll be out there, too, drinking it all in.
Whether autumn is your favorite season or not, what part of it do you enjoy best? I invite you to share your favorites: trees, colors, activities, smells, tastes, sounds and even memories of autumn.