Sorrow and scarlet leaf,
Sad thoughts and sunny weather.
Ah me, this glory and this grief
Agree not well together!
Thomas Parsons, 1880, A Song For September
It seems that every year at this same time, I begin to feel a little sad. The shorter days are already affecting me. I go to bed early and get up late. It's like my body is following the rhythms of the sun. I'm so effected by the lack of daylight that there are days in the depth of winter, I seem to do nothing much but sleep. I could go easily into an almost animal like state of hibernation.
Yet, there are so many wonderful things about fall, that there truly is a mixture of sad thoughts and sunny weather going on inside my mind. There is both beauty and sadness in Autumn. In the fall we tend to get a lot of rain and gloomy days, but then we'll get a wonderfully sunny day with the bluest of blue skies and the leaves seem to pop with color everywhere. These are the days that I'm thankful that the Autumn season has arrived and the days I want to be outside. The days of porch sitting are almost a thing of the past here and so I've decorated my swing with a wreath for color.
It’s such an odd time of year, when the fresh joys of one season are brought up flush against the cozy yearnings of the other. It's a time of year when the oven will come on and smells of good cooking will permeate my house. It's a time when pumpkins, mums and leaves fill my world with a colorful display
I'm going to try to embrace this bittersweet season as I do most, doing the best I can with what I've got.
Happy Fall to Y'All!
May your Autumn days be filled with color and vitality, gratitude and grace.
Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring.