Sunday, September 28, 2008
Signs of Autumn
It's getting a bit cooler and signs of Autumn are all around us. Farmer's markets are featuring apples, winter squash, the last of the tomatoes and corn on the cob. The Monarch Butterflies are flitting around in the tops of the eucalyptus trees where they will gather in great grape formations as the weather cools. There are crunchy leaves on the path to the beach and thigh high wild grasses, brown and rattling in the slight breeze. I used to hate Fall, it made me so sad for some reason. Maybe it was because it seemed like things were dying all around me. On top of that, days were shortening leaving too much time to think about how my own life was reflected in that same year round seasonal process. I guess I'm technically in the Autumn of my life now. Oh, I enjoyed the Spring and Summer and I think I'm coming to terms with the Fall. For me, it helped to embrace the colors, sights, smells and sounds of the season. To focus on how thankful I am for my own life's "harvest". We try and take vacation at this time of year so we can really enjoy all that is taking place around us. Over the next couple of weeks I'm going to share some of what really makes me happy and thankful for Autumn.