Later, as I watch my grand babies frolic through the already raked leaves, reaching down to scoop up an armful and then toss them in the air to let them rain on their little heads fills me with delight! And no sooner have the leaves dropped than they are running full speed to jump into the biggest pile they can find!
It’s the time of year when grown-ups feel like children as pumpkins are chosen for jack-o-lanterns and hay rides become exciting again! It’s a time of fresh baked bread and stew; pies and cookies. It’s a time of snuggling under a blanket outside on the porch at night drinking in the sight of the twinkling stars above. And if you happen to live where the aurora borealis is visible you get an extra treat since autumn is the time of year you will most likely receive a “light show” from these amazing natural Northern Lights.
The combination of all the Fall colors that grace the trees are particularly heart-warming. It’s like a giant coloring book, that even photographs are hard pressed to give total justice. It’s interesting to note that the yellow and orange hues we love to see this time of year, are already inside the tree, long before we see it. These colors are always present in the pigmentation of the leaves. In summer the chlorophyll overpowers all other colors in the leaves and thus we are blessed with the green we see. However, as the sun’s rays get weaker, the chlorophyll lessens, and allows for the bright, beautiful Fall colors to shine!
If red and purples are your favorite Fall colors, then maybe sugar is a favorite for you too! It is the sugars from the sap inside the leaves that causes these colors to penetrate through!
Fall is also the peak time of bird migration. In the East, there is something completely joyful about hearing the squawking of the large snow geese as the fly high overhead in their signature V shape. I’m always awed by how the lead changes for the birds, as the point bird tires. When he changes position and allows another member of the group to take the leader role, it makes me wonder why we, as humans, are so reluctant to do the same.
As humans, we usually want to be “the lead bird” and do our best to see that everyone around us is behind and following. It often matters not that we are exhausted and even burned out from fatigue, but press on rather than giving up the lead and allowing ourselves rest.
Fall is a time of fireplaces and campfires. It’s a time of reflection and readying for winter. It’s a time of sharing, as holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas press ever closer bringing family, we sometimes only see once or twice a year, near to us again.
Fall..... a wonderful time of year.