I’m not sure who the experts are in the autumn ranking field but “they” have given Fall 2011 a ranking of nine in a range of one to ten. I won’t argue. The colors began peaking the weekend of the 8th and this past weekend wasn’t too shabby either. Another rainfall with wind will most likely wash the canvas clean once again and we’ll be looking at drab winter gray. I do not like the word “dread” but it is rightly describing my emotions this season.
A birthday has come and gone and another year is quickly coming to a close. October, don’t leave us. Linger as long as you like. I love your bright brilliance. I love the smell of your damp leaves. I love your butterflies savoring the last of the nectar. I love your apples on the ground, even with the yellow jackets sucking them dry! I love the crunch of your leaves under my feet. I love the smell of black walnuts rotting on your ground. I love the smooth feel of buckeyes in my hands. I love being cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon. I love your pumpkins and your mums and gourds and your Indian corn.
The song of October plays in my heart and I do not look forward to its end.
Lowell A. says
My Sus is a poet of immense wordage. Her words sing a song of color in motion..I read this aloud just to get the special effects… She paints it to pen in ink… Can you feel it with your eyes….. Love Sharpshooter
Sandy B. says
Susan….I love the way you have danced with October! I just picked my last few leaves of swiss chard, two small green peppers and a couple of puny looking cucumbers. I pulled up my last big tommy-toe vine and it’s in the garage….loaded with tommy-toes! So it’s over…I cut off the mums, and various other flowers that had to go almost crying as I did it. My heart is heavy ’cause I know what’s a’ comin! Seems the older I get…the more I dislike winter. BUT, I am thankful. I am thankful for the wonderful spring that lifted my spirits so high after the long dark months of winter. I am thankful for the summer when I could run barefooted and sit in my porch swing. I am thankful for my health, my friends, my family and most of all my God! He knows how I am and he knew this first really cold snap would have me whining…so I did it..now I feel better…sort of! LOL
LOVE your comments!!!! And, totally agree!
Liz Ball says
Susan, I got to share in your beautiful area today and it was beautiful! We came home and sat outside on our porch and lit three candles. We enjoyed the one star that shone right above us and we took in the calm, warm evening. The news cast lady said this would be the last day of 85 degrees for a looong time. I know she’s right. It was a rare October day and we praise God for His beauty also! You brought out great visuals I totally agree with you!
It has been an incredibly beautiful season – and I have made sure to enjoy it every chance I’ve gotten! Only one thing could have made yesterday better – if you and OS had swung by the Big Branch!!!!!
Arna Toliver says
Seasons of the heart. A time and a season for all things under the sun.
Fall is no doubt, a masterpiece of artist design by our Creator and every year has a new canvas. I love to draw and paint. And I can say in all confidence. NO ONE DOES IT BETTER, than our FATHER. Definitely, thousands of Kodak moments.
Hard to imagine that the same trees you have looked at all Summer have been transformed into this explosion of painted colors. I thank God for His beautiful transformation of life all around us. I have always liked change. It keeps me aware that we are always changing as well as everything around us. It gives me “Hope”. And reminds me that when He took my life I might not have looked much different than a DEAD tree. However, He gave LIFE to me and I turned GREEN and grew and produced fruit and then glowed with radiant colors of joy in the Fall. “And the trees of the fields will clap their hands”. in Praise to the Creator. What a Grand Finale. October is an IN-AWE month of the year. Way to go DAD!!!!!
Arna, yesterday the praise song that kept coming out of my mouth,
“I stand in awe of You!” ♫
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Kathy Walters says
Loved reading your lovely words, Susan. You’re so gifted of the Father! And I, too, love October, but, will admit that I do not “dread” winter in the least. It is a time when things slow down, when I can spend more quality time with my precious Curt………sit by the fire and read more than I do in the summer and so on………..but, yes, I do LOVE October and I enjoyed reading what you wrote. Love you!
Okay, sis, you must encourage me through this season!!!!!!!!!!!