Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Meaning of Fall

Fall is finally here! Yay!! No one is happier to see it come than this hot, sweaty, Lousiana girl.
I’ve decided Fall is my very favorite season. Finally, I can wake up in the morning without being drenched in sweat from the horrible humidity of the south.

 
 




And if I’m lucky, I might be able to find an orange leaf somewhere here in Louisiana. It’s not easy though. So instead, I just dream about all the beautiful colors blooming up north. When I lived in Ohio, I remember driving around for hours just oohing and aweing over all the gorgeous colors. It makes me happy to know that at least somewhere, the colors of orange, red, and yellow are popping out everywhere!
 
Here is a short, beautiful, and accurate description of autumn leaves.

 
 
Autumn Leaves
Autumn by Grace Paley
What is sometimes called a tongue of flame
 
 
 
 
Some other reasons I love fall are:
Going outside and feeling the crisp, fresh, cool breeze in the air.

Getting that feeling in the air that tonight would make a great chilli night!
Finally going on long walks again with the dogs. I refuse to do it during the summers down here.

The anticipation I feel knowing that soon, very soon, I’ll be able to throw on my sweats and cuddle under a nice soft blanket without having the fan blowing on me full blast.
The realization that soon, I can put on the boots that I love wearing so much! I love wearing sandals too but nothing makes me feel like I’m looking good more than a “hot looking” pair of boots!

 And although it irks me at first to walk in the stores and the Christmas and Halloween decorations are already out, I love shopping for those decorations. I always decorate for Christmas but have just started decorating for fall the last few years and am loving it!
I love this time of year because of everything coming up. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes it can be a rat race and a lot of hard work preparing for all those holidays, but it’s a time for families to be together. Just thinking about it all makes me feel happy and giddy inside. I just love it!

And yes, I’m one of those that has already gotten a good start on my Christmas shopping so that is a big part of why I get excited this time of year. However, I’m also one of those very impatient people who can’t stand shopping after Thanksgiving and dealing with all the crowds. That just makes me grumpy, tired, and wishing it was all over! So I try to do as much as possible beforehand.
So I’ll leave you all with something to think about. The following is something I found when I asked “Google” what does Autumn symbolize? I thought it was beautiful and interesting.

The trees sap returning to the base....our spirits turning from outward needs to inward reflection.

The colors change as our bodies change from young and vibrant to character lines and scars.

The winds swirling the leaves as life swirls around us ever changing.

The chill in the air is the chill of loss of love, dreams, direction.

The animals storing food radiates self preservation and a promise of tomorrow.
 
 
So do you have a favorite season other than fall?

 

10 comments:

  1. Fall is my favorite too. The air even smells delicious. :)

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  2. I love fall. Even in big ol' New York City the air is crisp and clean. And the leaves turn in Central Park. I also love Halloween, and the coming of fall weather makes me excited for the festival of pumpkins and bats!

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    1. Ooh, I bet Central park is gorgeous in the fall! Enjoy for me too, Anne!

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  3. I don't mind fall. In Tahoe, winter comes very quickly after fall, and it hangs on forEVER, so I love and hate fall. I love the colors, the smells, the crisp air, but I hate knowing the cold and the snow is on its way.

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    1. I'm just the opposite, Cat. I love knowing the cold is coming and maybe, just maybe we might even see a snowflake!

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  4. This just goes to show how odd I really am. When I think of fall I think of the trees turning to corpses of death without their lovely green leaves. The colors of spring and summer turning brown and grey as death. Fall, I hate it.

    ctny

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    1. Hey Courtney, It's not really clear here... do you hate fall? LOL I guess that's why God made us all different with different opinions!

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  5. I understand how strange it is to love seasons when it's generally just sun and rain over here in Singapore, but I love Fall and Spring. 'A tongue of flames' ~ what a great description!

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    1. Claudine,

      I thought it was a great way to describe fall leaves too!

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