I picked up a snack pack of pretzels at the grocery store the other day for my low cal break snack at work. I opened the little bag to find all of the little pretzels were in the shape of either jack-o-lanterns or bats. My hand froze on it’s way to my mouth…wasn’t it last week I was making potato salad for the Labor Day bar-be-que? The salt water taffy in the “seasonal candy” aisle has been replaced by candy corn, mini candy bars and pumpkin peeps. Shorts and sandals have been replaced by long pants and (gasp!) sweaters and fleece. The flannel sheets have crept back onto the bed and, it seems, everything passing my lips seems to taste like apple and cinnamon or pumpkin.
Neighbors are counting acorns and searching for wooly bears trying to anticipate the severity of the upcoming winter. A friend from Delaware just told me about a crab named Baltimore Billy who will be taking a dive in the Chesapeake Bay. Depending on whether he turns right or left when he hits the water will indicate the severity of winter in that area. Who, or what, is predicting winter in your neck of the woods??
Most seasonal changes seem to me to gradually approach and settle in, except the autumnal equinox. It seems that overnight a day filled with light becomes a day in which the sun and the moon are having a tug of war, and right now it’s a draw. Let’s look at some of those “overnight” changes as we attempt to embrace the change of seasons…
Summer …becomes Autumn
All in all, there are advantages and disadvantages to summer and autumn. I am grateful I live in an area that provides changes in seasons to provide a new environment and new activities several times a year. Having grown up in an area with four distinct seasons, I don’t think I could ever be content with living in a geographic area with a constant singular climate.
I hope you are able to gently let go of summer and move forward to the color and excitement autumn has to offer… What is your favorite season? Why??