Taking Stock…..

Fall, in all its glory, is a beautiful season. One of my favorites. Leaves change color, flaming crimson and bright, newly-minted gold, lending the trees the appearance of large, glorious bouquets. Days grow shorter, temperatures cooler. The large crab apple trees at the end of the driveway were the first to drop their leaves and I walk to the mailbox on a crisp carpet of curled brown husks that crackle underfoot. It’s football season. Days of cozy, comfortable clothing, long sleeves and sweaters, before the need for heavier outer wear. Chili-making days, apple crisp-baking days, scenting the house with mouth-watering aromas. The Pumpkin Spice craze is in full swing.

We draw inward in cooler weather, contemplating the season just past (where did Summer go, anyway?!). It’s a time to take stock, to reflect on what no longer serves us…to leave behind old ways of being and doing and find the courage to embrace a truer path. To begin building the chrysalis in which we will slumber for a time, emerging renewed in the light of a distant Spring.

As so often happens when I sit down to write, this post has taken a different pathway than the one I originally envisioned. Fall and its beauty are fleeting, over before we can reach out to grasp it as it passes by, and I am reminded that time waits for no one. My wish for you–my readers and friends– is that you will be present to each new day and the gifts it contains, because it will not come again.

3 Fall Images, All Leaves            Ribbet collage



  1. Every word, so very true, Celia! And beautifully penned, I might add. Thank you for your reminder of the importance of noticing and being thankful for all the good in our lives. It can all disappear in a brief moment. Fall is one of my very favorite seasons, as well. I love the crispness, the aroma, the food and the comfort of it.

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment, Cindy, always appreciated. It appears that we are kindred spirits (heart sisters), in many ways! Fall saturates us in beauty and color before Winter takes over, with it’s two-tone landscape (white, and dirty). I always try to soak it up as much as possible so I can look back on it, like drawing close to a fire in the colder months….

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