Finally, Fall!

September is a portal along the pathway to the end of the year. Yes, I know it’s nearly over now, but it’s still a beginning, a new season!  It feels like I’m dusting off the heat and lethargy of summer- even while knowing it’s still going to be plenty warm, maybe through October. We do live in the South, after all. But summer is officially OVER!

Just when you think you can’t possibly take one more moment of heat and humidity, God sends refreshment. Sometimes, often really, it’s an almost imperceptible, subtle shift. There’s still heat and humidity and discomfort, but that tiny shift, just the knowing of a coming change, is enough to break the heaviness and give you hope.

Do you like Fall? I love Fall! I like the cool weather and wearing sweaters. I love the gorgeous, bright Fall leaves contrasted against an intense blue sky. I love pumpkins and squash. Did I mention cooler weather? Oh yes! I like being able to take walks outside and feel refreshed, rather than wrung-out! I really like the State Fair (exhibits and clogging- I do not do rides and games!!)! And, please, don’t forget the pumpkin spice everything! I DO love pumpkin spice!

There are so many Fall family birthdays,  sometimes we get actually get tired of our favorite “birthday cake” (chocolate cherry)! Crazy, huh? We love to celebrate the birthday-person! A birthday is an individual’s very own holiday!  Even our anniversary is officially in the Fall. (Disclaimer: we love to celebrate ALL the family birthdays- summer, winter, and spring time, too!)

Fall, to me, is Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for Thanksgiving!! It’s such fun to gather with the whole family, eat lots of yummy food and celebrate all our blessings.

There are things I don’t like about Fall, however. My mother passed away on a bright November day and my mother-in-law the following September. I don’t like that. There is never a good time for huge loss.

If you don’t enjoy fall I can understand.

The days are shorter. I have to admit, getting up on those dark, chilly mornings isn’t my favorite thing. The bathroom floor is cold and the water takes so long to heat up.

It’s time to put away the sandals and squeeze your toes into socks and closed shoes (on the other hand, you don’t have to fret about the old pedicure!!)

It’s time to put away your favorite summer purse. Now that, I admit, is truly sad for me. I love my summer bag! It’s bright and open and so easy to use! Now it’s time to replace it with something more Autumnal. Maybe I should find a cool-weather purse I love as much!

Yes, it’s a dying time, a winding down, and that is sad. Flowers are looking sad or are just plain dead. It’s often just plain dreary…a time of hunkering down.

Oh. Wait. Maybe I don’t like Fall. After all these years of thinking I love Fall, can it be I really don’t have a good reason to like it? No. I still love Fall. It’s still my favorite. I like winter, I like spring, I like the idea of summer… but I love Fall! I’m always happy to see it come!

Tell me your preference! Tell me why you do/don’t like Fall!

And enjoy whatever part of this new season you can… whatever you can find that makes you feel good!

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

God bless and thanks for reading!