Glorious fall. I love it. So much. And I love everything it brings. Cooler weather. Good food made from pumpkins, cinnamon, and apples. Warm foods like soups, chili, and all kinds of baked goods. Beautiful trees with gloriously colored leaves that eventually fall and carpet the earth. The smell of firewood burning. Cool crisp mornings in front of a roaring fire. Hot tea, hot apple cider, and hot cocoa. Smores cooked over a fire pit. Then, fall and Halloween decorations, carving up pumpkins, and preparing for costumes and trick or treating. I love it all.
I should find it easier to write during this time of year. The sun isn’t quite as bright as it normally is, and the world gives you such beautiful imagery to attempt to recreate. But I tend to get distracted by it all. I’m distracted by the quarter size spider hanging in its intricate web right outside my window. I’m distracted by the monarch butterflies that flutter by. I’m distracted by the falling leaves. I’m distracted by that smell of burning wood. I tune everything else –the roaring engines of cars speeding down the highway, the horns honking as someone doesn’t hit their gas pedal fast enough when the light turns green, and the shouts of people walking to and from various places. It all disappears and I sort of let myself fade from view.
I’m not remembering and I’m not wishing to be somewhere else, I just let the world continue without me for a while. It’s so lovely to close your eyes, and take in everything you can hear and smell, all the while filtering out the manmade noises that you’d prefer not to hear.
Someday I will wake up to this blissful silence every day. I will feel the cool breeze in my face as I write on my porch or in front of an always open window. I will cook baked goods for my grandchildren every day – cookies, pies, cakes, pastries, and muffins. I will sip hot tea all day long and not worry about whether or not the caffeine will keep me up all night and throw off my sleeping schedule. I will light a fire pit fire without worrying that someone will get irritated and call the police. I will spend an entire day staring at the beautiful scenery around me. Someday.
But that day is not today. And so I reopen my eyes, refocus on my computer screen, and try to force myself to accomplish all that’s on my to do list.
Happy Fall everyone. Enjoy it.