The allure of this season is the unparalleled beauty that breathes color into leaves that last only moments in time. Our vision of these colors usher in warm hearths, maple syrup, and pumpkins that smile to the beat of a drum that is our heart. There is possibly no other season that takes us back to our childhood as fast as fall.
Looking up to the trees as a child I gazed in wonder at the beauty before me. Bright reds, yellows, and burnt orange hues filled the trees as far as my neck could crane. The majesty of the paintbrush that produced this colorful landscape made me think that there were colors I couldn't even imagine existed. And in that moment I felt how small I was and how vast the world was and how exploration was but a term that exposes how little we know.
The first part of fall reveals perfect temperatures releasing us from the sometimes oppressive heat of summer. Birds and other wildlife seem to love this season too as they fly or scamper across meadows and streams. The songs they sing or the mating calls they bellow give substance to the life around us that is not our own. As in any great movie which is our reality there are layers of life that bring an inner joy that can not be explained except for the peacefulness we feel when we live in that experience.
Fall is the beginning of the gauntlet which is the holiday season. Halloween with its costumes, trick or treating, and scary movies are the first shot across the bow. Children dream of the candy, their costume, and the wonderful crafts to be made at school. To be scared while knowing your under the protective umbrella of your parents provides the illussion of fear giving a rush of adrenaline no other holiday can provide. This crafting of horror blends witches and gobblins into spaces we can't see or are already afraid of. Dark rooms, closets, and under our beds ignite dreams that turn into nightmares while feeding off of the rush that comes with masks, brooms, and fake blood. Thank God on the other end of the spectrum, around the corner, is possibly our favorite fall holiday... Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving lives in our hearts as we remember the "Days of Future Past". Gatherings of loved ones over the course of time gives homage to the meal that solidifies the Thanksgiving spirit. Families sharing stories, the beauty of being thankful for what we have, and the love for all those that are there, those that have traveled to be there, and all those we wish were there.
Over the course of time there may be new faces and perhaps some old ones that are no longer there. This is the circle of life, beginnings and endings. This truly awakens us to the thought of being thankful. For the short time we have with each other this holiday injects our spirits with the thanks we seldom give recognition too. That is why fall lives in our hearts. Family and friends are the important ingredients that heightens our memories and displays our love for all those that are important to us.
Fall reminds us of how short and precious life is. The beauty of the colorful spectacle eventually turning to the barren winter is a cautious reminder of the fleeting moments we have that become the remembrance of the lives we've touched towards our final journey.
"October gave a party"
The leaves by hundreds came
The Chestnuts Oaks and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand.
Miss Weather led the dancing,
And professor Wind the band."
by Elsie N. Brady
How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the Sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.
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