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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oh Autumn, Where Art Thou? -- A Re-post

Oh Happy Day! It's the first calendar day of autumn. Now I know that can mean any number of things, depending on where you live. Here in Oklahoma, it will likely still be summer-hot and humid today, or summer-rainy and humid. I long for temperatures in the fifties and sixties, and will probably work up a good sweat in the eighties, instead. But, the calendar says it's autumn, and I'm in the mood to celebrate. Things are still hectic at my house, new job, new schedule, new excuses for not writing nearly as much as I'd like. I think a re-post is in order... so here's one from October, 2005 -- just because I can't wait for cooler temperatures. Happy beginning of Autumn (or Indian summer in Oklahoma). I hope you enjoy.

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He’s coming. I can feel it.

I have had a life-long love affair with Autumn.

As September draws to a close, the temperatures begin to tease me. The still warm days are occasionally interrupted by a cool breeze, or a chilly evening, --- The problem is that it never lasts long. Just when I think I might throw open the windows and air out the house…the thermometer creeps up over eighty degrees, and summer lingers.

And though summer hangs around rather longer than she is welcome, I know her days are numbered. Eventually she will have to sleep, and then Autumn will finally blow in on the breeze.

He will bring me mementos --- all the sights and smells of fall. Wet leaves, logs burning, the scent of rain on the air, hay-rides, county fairs, pumpkins, apple pies, squash and high-school football. He whispers on the wind, and in my ears I hear… “Look, I’ve set the horizon on fire with red and orange, brown and gold. There’s a chill in the air, let’s go for a walk."

What is it about the crunch of leaves beneath my feet that makes me feel as though everything is absolutely beautiful?

So I linger in the evenings and watch the sunset. I shiver slightly, and pull on a sweater as the stars turn on their lights, one-by-one. I listen to the sounds of fall, and already, it is a bittersweet moment.

Because I know…

Autumn never stays long in Oklahoma. He floats in on a breeze, plays with my hair, and my heart… He whispers to me of steaming bowls of stew and chili, happy family gatherings and holidays…I almost believe he’s going to stay a while… but in little more than a week he has left me again.

The color fades.

The temperature falls.

Winter begins to announce his arrival, and dear, sweet Autumn slips away when I’m not looking….

And still, I love him.

1 comment:

Nothing Profound said...

I wish summer and then autumn would hang around a little longer here in central NY. Summer was practically non-existent this year, no hot weather and lots of rain. Early September was gorgeous, mild sunny days, wildflowers everywhere. But now the rain and gray have returned and winter is knocking on the door. I'm not unhappy about this, I see the beauty in everything. But I do love the sun and hot weather.

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