A Serenade to Fall

A Serenade to Fall
A vinette of Fall on my writing desk – with a photo of illustrator, Tasha Tudor at her home in Vermont – who I adore for living to the beat of her own drum

Every year it happens.

Fall calls to me.

The yearning so strong I can’t ignore it.

It seeps quickly into my bones.

And it takes hold ever-so-gently

though I hold on tightly as I never want it to fade.

I scurry like a squirrel to take in all its goodness.

Vignettes popping up here and there as I answer the creative call to capture its beauty.

Its whispers.

Its colors.

Its dancing light.

Its cozy warmth.

And then a fear enters my mind.

What if when my time comes I die in the fall?

I couldn’t bear it.

To miss this season I hold so dear.

But then I catch myself so as not to lose what is now here.

And yet for a moment I wonder what it would be like.

Fall in heaven.

So utterly breathtaking I imagine.

Beyond what I can even begin to comprehend

magnified beyond what it is here on earth.

And then I hear them

the crickets

softly calling me back to where I am now

here, in this moment,

as the light changes again moving from afternoon to early evening soon.

But not before I remember the promise

that fall will dance before us for quite a few more weeks.

A reminder to truly enjoy it.

Deeply savor it.

Give grateful thanks for it.

And let its magic continue to unfold and enrapture me.

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Delicious Autumn! I Absolutely Agree with George Eliot.

Delicious Autumn! I Absolutely Agree with George Eliot.

One of my favorite creative things to do is decorate for fall — inside and out. Today I started with the outside, filling my window box on my writing cottage with all things red, orange and yellow. Next weekend I’ll decorate inside my house, though I did do a centerpiece already on my kitchen table. I just couldn’t help myself!

Oftentimes it reminds me of the twelve years I worked for Kohl’s Department Store as the Visual Merchandiser, which is what I got my degree in. Then too, I loved putting out all the fall decor and dressing the mannequins in the latest fashions around the autumnal season.

If I had my way, fall would last forever!  Temps during the day in the mid 70s and cool nights in the 50s.  But alas, it can’t last forever, this I know, but I shall enjoy every moment of it and let it melt deep into my soul.

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and it I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking successive autumns. ~George Eliot

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