Thursday, October 15, 2009

Autumn Thoughts

This is the time of year I relish most. I have such warm fondness for autumn, that each year I feel like I love it a little more. Not just the deep crimsons and the whimsical golds, but the crunch of the leaves beneath my feet brings back memories of past autumns: the song "Sweet November" (by the musical group The Deele, led by current R&B soloist Kenneth "Baby Face" Edmonds) which I loved (and still love) to sing; finding my first love, a boy of 14 who attended the same church I attended back in the 80s. There were rainy autumns and autumns pregnant with hope...like the one when I fell in love with the man who is now my husband. And there are sad and contemplative autumns, like autumn last year, when my father died.

But always there is the joy of sunny, crisp days and brisk, chilly nights. I love the idea of having to stay in and cozying up beside a warm cup of apple cider. I love turtleneck sweaters and long movies and the space to write and think that autumn brings. There's not the same hustle and bustle of summer, when we often over extend ourselves with activity upon activity, in an attempt to seize the warm days. I love making homemade bread and pumpkin soup (a loaf is baking and a pot are simmering now) and the cool, dry air. I like using my sewing machine and figuring out what home project I'll be working on next.

Okay, and I admit that it's easier to cover in the cooler seasons. I love a snug, fuzzy cap on my head and the added warmth that a colorful scarf brings.

And what of you? What do you like best about this season, beloved? Do tell. I am planning to make stops at all my favorite blogs. I haven't done that in what seems like ages.

Enjoy your day, dear ones...

Grace,
M

6 comments:

Mama Kalila said...

Beautiful post...

It really is easier to cover in cooler weather. Unfortunately it doesn't get cool for quite awhile here. We've been having some cool days lately (very rainy) but not typical.

As for me and the season.. I guess all the holidays coming up :-) I used to enjoy the football games too (still do on tv but not the same). I really miss going out and having nacho's and hot chocolate while watching my team play... memories lol

Veiled Glory said...

I love cooking taco soup in the crock pot, any kind of soup, really. :-)

Sanil Atarah Rivka said...

Pretty colors, costumes, falling leaves, candy, apple orchards and cider mills, weather...I love everything about this season, I think.

Rosheeda said...

THE COOLER WEATHER! The changing colors, the more relaxed pace. Autumn is just one of my favorite seasons!

Natasa said...

I like the most colors of this season...

Renee said...

Strang as this may sound - the highlight of many 'ah autumn for me has been Haloween.

I loved to dress up when I was a kid and as a teenager; I used to take all my exchange student friends trick or treating. That was always a hoot!

After I'd gotten out of the military; I worked in a group home and the ARC Haloween dance was always a riot. "What is our crazy staff person gonna wear this year?" I was always an intriguing feature at those dances.

Since I had my son; I've been taking him trick or treating. Now in pondering the ever imfamous question "what are we gonna be this year" - I remember one of the first trick or treating excursions we went on. He could bearly talk (he was about 3). Every house we went up to, his eyes would get big as sausers and he'd stand at the door with this utterly amazed look on his face. "chock---late" he'd moan.

He never really got the hang of "trick or treat". Now he goes up to the door and requests the candy he'd prefer. Some times people look at him funny; but the people who know him "get it".

So thus is my autumn memories.