Monday, October 26, 2009

Ode to Fall

I love Fall.

Fall is my favorite season, by far.  

I love the bracing snap of pristine, cold days.  The foggy mornings are so peaceful and as I look out the window of my home, I'm glad for the reassuring closeness of my house, and my fireplace whose flames comfort me.  The exquisite colors and elegance of the trees decked out in magnificent garments takes my breath away every time I leave the house and drive anywhere.  I love the familiarity of old sweaters taken out again and worn, like old friends and dear companions.  I look forward to the fresh picked crispness of homegrown apples and the spicy, benevolent pumpkin goodies that come out of my oven on these sweet days.  The smell of the loamy, earthy leaves as they slowly melt and fade into the soil is the perfect foil for the rich, drifting scent of wood smoke from so many random chimneys.  

I grew up in Orange County, CA, and I never knew there were such things as different seasons.  I'd never known the patter of rain on the roof or the lacy whiteness of frost on the eaves.  I just didn't know the poetry and poignancy of each different, starkly defined season! I'd never seen a vividly colored tree or the flutter of golden leaves floating softly on the wind.  I thought all the world was blue sky and palm trees and beaches.....

Until I moved to the Pacific Northwest.

And I so thank God that I ended up here.  I'm thankful and I remember the joy of learning that indeed, there were seasons, and that each one was different and appealing in their own ways.  I remember the first golden tree I saw, and how I marveled at its gaudy, brilliant leaves.  There was nothing shy about that tree! And thus began my love affair with all things Autumnal.

I would love to have Fall all year 'round......

What's your favorite season and why?

5 comments:

Christine said...

I love Fall! I especially love Fall in the PNW. I could deal with having Fall around all year. :) Granted, in Oklahoma we did experience the beautiful colors and the brisk air that Fall brought, but it was so short lived. We basically had 2 seasons in Oklahoma, Winter and Summer. We had a few weeks of Spring and a few weeks of Fall. I love all the things about Fall that you mentioned, although, not much comes out of my oven in the form of baked goods. :) You've inspired me though sister, I think I might try my hand at baking something. :P

Autumn Beck said...

I love the Autumn :P No, really, I do. I love the feelings it conjures up...pumpkin spice lattes, fall festivals, falling leaves, family get togethers. A wonderfully time of year to go camping too- if you're in South Texas ;)

The Morris Family said...

I enjoyed your thoughts of Fall. I think my favorite w/o doubt is Spring, it tells me of LIFE and it speaks to my heart that I will see my little Joel again!! I do like Christmas time, the smells, the closeness of family all snuggled in the house, the little songs the children sing, one particular that Joel would sing and sway!! The Lord is seen in each season, that's for sure!

Cindy

Renata said...

It sounds so lovely there at the moment! Here it's getting hot, hot, hot, hot!
When I lived in Qld spring was my favourite season - I think it is down here as well although have only been here for 2 springs & this last one really went from winter to summer all in a week! Enjoy your beautiful weather!

Rebeca said...

Fall is my favorite too... so lovely! Although I must say I've not been out enjoying it's glories as much as I'd like to this year... but it's for a good reason. Can you guess?