This is it, friends. It’s the astronomical last day of summer. Tomorrow, Sept. 22, at 9:30a.m. Autumn begins. Many feel like Labor Day is the end of summer. According to the meteorology perspective, they might not be far off. One definition of seasons, which is based on temperature cycles and the Gregorian calendar, the first day of fall is September 1. However, the accepted date is the astronomical date when there is equal hours of daylight and dark. Speaking of daylight, did you know that the color change in leaves is not due to temperatures? It is actually due to the amount of daylight and photosynthesis. Check out It's Not About the Frost.
Autumn and Spring are my favorite seasons. Winter and Summer not so much. A while back I mixed up some metaphors and wrote a little ditty about what I love about Fall. Thank you Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Maria Von Trapp.
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.
There you have it - poetic license run amuck. Since poetry is not my forte, it would have gotten even muckier had I tried to wax poetic about how much I enjoy the swooshing and crunching sounds from walking on leaf covered paths. Or if I tried to poeticize (it’s a real word) the wonderful aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice wafting through the air from baked goods and hot mulled drinks.
There is one more thing. With all that Fall goodness, we must be mindful not to speak of what is skulking around some corner. That which is not to be spoken is in the shadows glowering and smirking, rubbing it’s icy hands together revving up to lunge at us with all its stormy bluster. Remember not to speak of it or think about it. Just continue to enjoy the bounties of Autumn.
Comments are welcomed.