A familiar feeling arises within our hearts when that first nip of cooler weather is felt in the azure September air. It twines its way into the space left between sleeping couples, prompting us to snuggle deeper beneath the blankets. Sweaters and turtlenecks are pulled out from bureau drawers. Our thoughts linger over plump pumpkins, hot apple cider, and baskets brimming with bronze and burgundy mums.
If you listen closely, you can hear it. The very air seems to chant the word — change. Yellow school buses rumble down the street again. Trees display their brilliance in one last hurrah before they shrug off their leafy coats and retreat into slumber. Children run amok through pumpkin patches and corn mazes, and smiling scarecrows sit atop hay bales, surrounded by colorful pots of pansies.
We relish this time because we know what’s coming―those bleak, dreary days of winter when warmer days and colorful landscapes are only a memory and the promise of spring seems so far away.
But for now, I think I’ll go to the local supermarket and hoist a ripe pumpkin (or two) into my cart and while away the afternoon in a patchwork quilt of raked leaves.
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