The harsh breath of Autumn quickly moves in, disturbing the nature of all living things. A presage of evil lurks closely behind, knowing Halloween is present. Trees stand naked, awaiting their coats, granted by winterís white passing. Days are shortened, robbed of their light, while nights trail the moonlit sky. The howling winds carry off Mother Natureís litter; swirling her colorful scatter in such a motion, one could compare it to a witch tending her brew. Once bitten, every limb stiffens- like a spider caught in a web-no man is spared his mobility. All seek shelter to escape the punchy chill, forcing bodies to bury underground and beneath layers of clothing. People count their blessings for making it thus far and wonder how they will get through the long wintery season still ahead.
Every business and home transforms to a harvest frontage, where life is given to all inanimate object ;A brigade of gourds, pumpkins and hay stacks disguise themselves in human qualities, of every emotion and silly face one can ever envision. Folk tales and scary stories exchange at various fires, distributing warmth and apprehension to all its nearby participants. Chocolate and marshmallow sizzle atop open flames, while hungry mouths salivate await their tasty smoresí. Tranquility seized by the hypnotic flames- hopeless romantics fall prey. Houses fill with Autumns fragrances: ginger, allspice, cinnamon and butternut, a common indication that peppermint, chestnut, vanilla and eucalyptus will soon present itself. A sense of "Home" enters all who endure.
Every mammal becomes increasingly active, mating to produce their new spring arrival and gathering their food for their long winter reserve; a lengthy predestined occasion. People engage in a much deliberate break also, exhausted and from the long strenuous year. Families gather closely, cooking up memories of yet another year, digesting fine food and affection over their favorite dishes that were bequeathed through generation. Children energize with excitement knowing that this cold front will soon deliver Santa to their chimneys, while the parents silently agonize over their financial obligations of making their childrenís wishes come true. Grief blows in with the Autumn season, feelings of lost ones surface inside the hearts and minds of all who carry the burden. Troubled hearts express their gain appreciation for the love ones who are still here, while they also thank God for their own life offering.
Fete upon fete autumn brings, contrasting the phenomenon of life and death, giving everyone a chance to evaluate and appraise, the value of what life means. It's a time and a place to celebrate birth and creation, health and wealth, love and affection through their own will and conception. It is the time for all to yield from the fast pace world and remember why one even does what one does every day. Like every deciduous leaf changing its pigment, every living thing changes its emotion, a fallen circumstance to Autumns entity-the true meaning of how the term Fall originated. It is not so much the great food and pastries that one indulges in, that make Autumn a blissful memorable season, itís the blessings granted to all living things-we are the crops, natured through the hands of our Father- it is his gift and his offering, a harvest of life and gratification that we feast upon, yet sometimes take for granted.