Autumnal equinox……

I react viscerally to fall – Webster says this means my reaction “proceeds from instinct rather then intellect”.

There were times  when I loved fall:  when I was young I relished the start of the school year with all its possibilities; when my children were young I loved the shorter cooler days that brought them inside for the evening to the family dinner table.  As they grew and their lives became more complex,

when a new matchbox car…


-I’m so glad I saved them!!!-


or a favorite birthday cake…


was no longer enough.  When dropping them off for school for the first day became dropping them off until the next holiday –  fall became for me a time of uncertainty, with a frisson of perpetually impending change.

Although walking onto a college campus, feeling the almost imperceptible change in the air, or watching withered leaves fall from a tree can still trigger that vague feeling of unease,

I have come full circle –  I am delighted by fall once again!

A time to harvest apples from the orchard…


and rhubarb…


to share in the cooking and eating of meals…


a time to celebrate the changes of life: 

a new marriage…


a promotion…


a time to draw together with loved ones,


a time to reflect on blessings of the past, to savor each minute of the day, and look forward with faith to the future.


Filed under Family history, Food, Seasons

2 responses to “Autumnal equinox……

  1. Anna Abbey

    Beautiful post!

  2. Karen Blake

    Memories that we keep deep in our hearts come to full bloom with just a smell, a visual or a simple touch. Your posts tug at me in so many ways….

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