According to the calendar, Autumn began last Saturday. Another season has passed, and a new one is upon us. Although by stepping outside, it still feels like summer here. However, things are different. Kids are back at school; storefront windows are displaying corduroys, scarves and cashmere sweaters. Starbucks is serving pumpkin spice lattes, and Halloween candies fill an entire grocery aisle.
I’ve not yet stored away my summer dresses, tank tops and sandals. But I have my candles ready for when the days become shorter and the nights grow longer. I look forward to those crisp mornings when I can see my breath once I walk out the door, when leaves puddle the streets, when spending time in the kitchen means simmering big pots of soups and roasting meat and baking pies.
Summer went by like a blur. It’s a little sad knowing that the year is winding to a close. There were things I had planned for this year that hadn’t happened yet.
There are things that maybe I’m hoping beyond hope would happen before the end of 2012.
But there were also lots of good and lovely things that had transpired. The same lesson that keeps repeating itself is that life is not perfect. Despite the imperfections though, there is great beauty.
On that note, let’s celebrate Autumn and savor this early part of a new season together.
All images ©2012 Sriprae P. McDonald