I realize I am fickle. Every time a new season begins, I gush about how it is my all-time favorite. Spring feels like an awakening after a long arduous winter. Its exciting, full of hope and energy. The to-do lists are long and well planned. Sun warms pasty white skin that craves vitamin D. It's easy to understand why spring, the season that follows our longest season, winter, would rank right up there as the BEST.
Summer is rad. You can run around with minimal clothing, and your kids can be naked, like they prefer. It's light until 10pm, so you feel like you gained an extra six hours of work/play time. It's so free. All you need is water, it seems. The outdoor events are endless, and fresh food is everywhere. We run around like wild beasts packing in as much activity as possible before....
....ahhhh, Autumn. The deep inhale before the exhale of winter. The retreat from insanity that is summer. Readying your home for a long season without. Preparing for hibernation. Harvesting and putting up food feels right, because WINTER is coming, and you have to be prepared. Even if a dozen grocery stores are within a five mile radius of our home, we still MUST stock up and prepare for winter. My ancestors had to, so it is my biological inclination. Evolution doesn't work fast enough to erase that memory.
Being outside is fantastic in the fall. The trees are aglow with the color of changing leaves, bright yellow, red, orange. Flocks of birds up and fly in formation, heading south I suppose. Crickets start their humming earlier in the day, four o'clock , instead of the late summer hours of nine or ten. The light is different, heavier, like perpetual dusk. Fall feels safe and warm, like Thanksgiving dinner.
And the homestead? This is when she shines. Old dark wood, greenish-yellow moss and box elder leaves. Chickens strutting about in the wind, feathers ruffled, laying fewer eggs. And crazy huge spiders that appear as if by autumnal magic, to spur Halloween excitement. This one has been sitting on the web that it built on one of our tomato cages just outside our front door.
And, if that isn't cool enough for you, here is something awesome about yesterday. It was the first time since 1991 that the Autumn Equinox fell on the same day as the Harvest Moon. Asa, Axel and Papa went on a moon-walk to soak it up. Axel came back saying, "Look at the meooon. Mama".