Tuesday, September 22, 2009
To Everything There is a Season
Welcome, Autumn! We always look forward to your arrival. Please, kick off your shoes and jacket....stay awhile. Linger with us. We're not yet ready for Winter. Allow us to enjoy your warm sun and cool breezes. Give us a few more weeks to wear our short sleeve shirts. We don't mind if the winter coats stay packed away....we'll see them soon enough.
Just in case you're feeling under-appreciated, Old Friend, I'll take a minute to list some of the things I love best about you.
My faded, tattered jeans and soft, well-worn sweater.
The first bowl of chili....piled with cheese...using a tortilla chip to scoop it up.
Homework, lunchboxes, parent-teacher conferences.
Fresh pencils and crisp notebooks.
Split pea soup (with bits of ham) in the crock-pot.
Color! The grass, the leaves, the sky.
The smell of the neighbor's outdoor fire pit.
"Trick or Treat!"
Raking the leaves.
Putting away the air conditioners and enjoying the newly unobstructed views from my windows.
Sparkling clean windows.
"We get to go shopping for our costumes today?! YAHOO!"
Remembering a summer that passed a little too quickly....but enjoying the memories all the same.
A beautiful new camera to capture the sights and colors and happy faces.
"When we go pick out our pumpkins, can we go on a hayride like last year?"
So you see, Miss Autumn....we do love the sun, the beach, the pool, and the carefree existence of summer. But, truth be told, I love you even more than all that. I don't mind putting away the beach chairs, shaking the sand out of our buckets, and putting the pool to rest. The time will come again for all of that. For now, I'm going to enjoy what you have to offer. I'm going to hug that sweater close to me, watch the leaves change, and cross my fingers that Mr. Winter gets stuck in traffic on his way here.