Time for candy corn and mellowcreme pumpkins, falling leaves and brisk chilly breezes, mums and corn stalks decorating doorways, soups and roasts simmering slowly, filling the house with savory warmth and comforting fragrance, sweaters and blankets and snuggling close watching movies together, sipping cider and crunching caramel apples, hayrides and fall foliage hikes through the woods. Thoughts turn first to Halloween costumes and candy, then Thanksgiving turkeys and pumpkin pies, and Christmas planning and shopping not far behind.
I love bundling up and heading outdoors under a brooding grey autumn sky, watching the trees slowly give up their summer greens for the rich golds and burgundys, flaming bright yellows, reds, and oranges. Crisp fallen leaves crunch under foot and a silent breeze chases others dancing, swirling, cascading carelessly to the ground. I take a deep breath, filling my lungs and savoring the smell of earth and fragrant burning leaves somewhere off in the distance.
Fall is by far my favorite time of year. It seems that life starts to slow down, the rush of summer is finally done, and everything about the season ahead beckons to stop and savor the moment, the beauty, the scents and scenery, to recognize the coming close of another year gone by too fast. The changing leaves will only last so long. Soon the branches will be bare, reaching, waiting for that first frosty blanket of freshly fallen snow.
There are five glorious weekends to get out and make a few fun family memories, start a new tradition, and enjoy some fall festivities this month. What plans do you have?
Photo by Christopher Jonassen