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Susan's Blog

Ode to Autumn

Susan Marek

Thank God it's Autumn!  This is my favorite time of year.  The leaves are changing, the days and nights are cooler, and there is a lot of fresh fruit and nuts to be eaten.  It is also a time for dressing up in costumes and feasting with friends and family.  I love the smell of just-picked apples and the crunch of newly-fallen leaves underfoot.  Having lived in Arizona for many years, I missed the color and temperature changes that Fall brings.  Now that I live in Oregon, I enjoy wearing something other than shorts at Thanksgiving.

In addition to the physical changes that Autumn brings to Mother Earth, there are other changes taking place.  In the Northern Hemisphere, we are preparing for winter.  Animals are migrating or storing food.  People are getting out the blankets and stocking up on wood for the fireplaces. Energetically, we are slowing down, preparing for that long hibernation that winter brings.  Our focus shifts from external to internal, literally and metaphorically.  I begin the process of planning family holiday get-togethers and parties with friends, which marks the beginning of the season of gratitude for me.  Externally, there is a lot of hustle and bustle, but internally, it is a time of personal reflection.   I find myself looking back on the year and wondering where the time went.  There is so much to be thankful for this year.

Thank you, God, for fresh apple cider, starry nights, crunchy leaves, Halloween, longer nights, cooler weather, an excuse to wear a cute sweater, rain, and Thanksgiving. Goodbye, Summer!  Hello, Fall!