Happy Thanksgiving to all Canadians. As Autumn has rolled in so come 2 major reminders to express gratitude and appreciation for the blessings we have despite these difficult times. Today being Canadian Thanksgiving and U.S. Thanksgiving next month. Of course, it would be the best of worlds if we celebrated the blessings in our lives every day as Terri Guillemets says, “Every day, spread the magical stardust of thankfulness into your life. “
Despite the fact that Winter is not far behind, there are so many gifts that Autumn gives us to enjoy while we are in it.
A few years ago I wrote a cheesy poem mixing the styles of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Maria Von Trapp that express some of my favorite things about Autumn.
Autumn, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
County fairs and fresh produce markets,
Apples and pumpkins and hot roasted chestnuts,
Cider and doughnuts and cool moonlit evenings,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Leaves of bright colors at peak for the viewing,
The first sign of wood smoke through the air swirling,
Hay rides and scarecrows and fun family gatherings,
These are some more of my favorite things.
A couple other favorites that didn’t end up in rhyme include the swooshing and crunching sounds from walking on leaf covered paths and the wonderful aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice wafting from baked goods and hot mulled drinks.
On a more philosophical note, Autumn is a good time to reflect on the year. What things would we like to carry into the next year and grow? What things are best left behind or changed? What things do we want to let lie through the Winter and view with fresh eyes in Spring which brings hope renewal and rebirth? Lots to ponder over a cup of hot cider and a piece of pumpkin pie.
Comments are welcome.