Monday, September 23, 2013

There Is Still Much to Love

Fall arrived this past Sunday, although you likely knew that. But for me autumn's beginning is September 1st. September 1st oozes fall. No matter how hot it is that day, what color the trees are when I wake up, or what calendar day depicts the actual autumnal equinox, September 1st is fall--probably because my life winds around a school calendar.

Here's a photo I snapped in mid-October last year at a local lake, so in a few weeks it will look like this where I live:


And it's pretty, right? Even downright beautiful. I'd think so too if I could see it the way you probably do. But I've never liked fall, so to me it looks lonely, even a bit sad. I do like many things that take place in the fall, but the cooler days, even cooler nights, and changing colors of leaves that most people adore all remind me that winter's on its way. And winter and I are not pals.

But this fall I'm choosing to focus on all the things I do love that take place in autumn. High school football games. A more scheduled schedule. Not smelling like a post-game football player after I walk my dog. Making homemade soups and stew. Baking with all that piled-up zucchini. Crunching into Honey Crisp apples. You get the idea. So even though it's fall, which I don't love, there's still much to love during the fall.

This is true of any thing, any time, any problem, any anything, don't you think? In the middle of something we don't love, there is still much to love.

20 comments:

  1. So true, there's always something to love. I love how the leaves change color in the Fall and the slightly cooler air. I don't love the cold in winter, but I look forward to no yard work and having more time at home where I can do what I want.

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  2. Ooh, I love Fall--I think it's more precious because it is so fleeting. Like my children's newborn stage...there may be frustrating things about it, but it's gone so quickly! (On the other hand, the terrible 2's, like winter, seem to last forever--but I guess I get nostalgic about both when they're gone, too! :)

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  3. Fall is my favorite season and I like winter very much as well. It's summer I could do without -- heat, humidity, bugs, etc. And in Sacramento it seems to last far too long. We had our fist fall-like day yesterday and I got to watch my grandson play baseball. He hit one over the fence, a rare occurrence for him. It was a perfect day.

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  4. I love fall and I'm giggling because I misread the title to this post as "Still too much love" and couldn't square it away with your ambivalence towards this season. :)

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  5. After scorching summers in Texas, fall is always welcomed. In fact the last two mornings have gotten down to 50. Ahhh, relief. However, I'm glad I don't live any farther north than I do, because I'm definitely not a fan of winter.

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  6. Barbara, I love fall! I just posted a poem about it and even sneaked in a writing prompt.

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  7. Oh Barbara, this is the right attitude to have. I do something similar when summer shows up and I know I have to put up with triple digits temps for 5 mo at least. I'm sending you all the warm hugs (it's still hot here).

    ~Akoss

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  8. Every season has its pros and cons. But for me, Fall has the least cons. I love it. So much stimulus for all the senses.

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  9. I've always thought fall was a little bit of a lonely season, but that's one reason I love it. It's a time of pulling into one's self, hunkering down for the winter, growing close to family, harvest and plenty. Plus, it heralds the coming of winter, and I love winter too.

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  10. Fall really is an amazing time of the year! We don't get much fall here in Florida in the same way but it becomes the most perfect season. Not hot, not cold.

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  11. What a gorgeous picture! Autumn has always been my favorite season, but my autumns are very different from most people's, since I've never even experienced snow here, so...that probably skews my perspective. XD

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  12. I'm not a fan of winter either, and spring has always been my favorite season with everything bursting out fresh and green and new. Spring never lasts very long in Pennsylvania, and suddenly it's a long hot humid summer.

    That's a great photo. Even though autumn isn't my favorite, I can appreciate the beautiful parts, the crispness, the colors, and especially Halloween! What I don't love is catching my first cold of the season, which I did this past week. Still stuffed up.

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  13. I adore fall. So much happens, and in FLA it's a wonderful break from the hot summers. But I know that doesn't hold true for other locations.
    Love how you see the good in it anyway. An that pic is gorgeous!!

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  14. This is such a nice post! Fall is my favorite season. Great picture by the way!

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  15. Winter is quite foreboding -- if only autumn lasted longer. Believe it or not, I sometimes find spring a little depressing -- ala The Wasteland.

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  16. "In the middle of something we don't love, there is still much to love." Amen to that. So true! I love your take on this. I have a love/hate relationship with fall. I hate the onset of cold weather, but man it's beautiful. I'll do as you do and focus on the positives...

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  17. I LOVE fall. I love everything about it. Though it did feel like summer here today. I had no idea what to wear!

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  18. Yes. Like for me, I hate summer. Too many bugs. Leaves too thick on the trees. But summer has all the fruit, and ice cream, and warm water for swimming. I agree it's important to remember the positive when you're feeling down overall.

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  19. Your last sentence is very true. I like fall, but I don't like that fall is just a very short slide into winter. And yet winter, with its cozying up inside, has aspects to love, too.

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