Friday, July 16, 2010
Seasons of change
Autumn is by far my favorite season, even if it is seemingly the shortest one. October to me is the perfect month. I love the fall colors, the cooler weather (wearing a sweater, but not needing a coat), school in full swing, high school football, scenic drive, pumpkins, and a calm before the craziness of winter. I'm already looking forward to it, especially after the steamy start to this week. I'm going to miss our walks along the Naperville Riverwalk, playing at the park next to the Fox River in Oswego and the Dollinger Pumpkin Patch and farm we always went to. I'm looking forward to walking along the Spoon River at scenic drive, and going to Country Corners this year instead. I also am hoping to travel to San Francisco for the first time this October to visit my dear friend, Jenn. So much to look forward to. I always feel such a sense of joy in October and I'm already looking forward to it now in July.
So what I'm looking forward to doing is enjoying fall and harvest in the country this year, living in the heart and soul of the season as opposed to the middle of the city where I have to seek out the change and beauty of the season. So I share this quote from one of my favorites:
"To appreciate the wild and sharp flavors of these October fruits, it is necessary that you be breathing the sharp October or November air. What is sour in the house a bracing walk makes sweet. Some of these apples might be labeled, “To be eaten in the wind.” It takes a savage or wild taste to appreciate a wild fruit. . . The era of the Wild Apple will soon be past. It is a fruit which will probably become extinct in New England. I fear that he who walks over these fields a century hence will not know the pleasure of knocking off wild apples. Ah, poor soul, there are many pleasures which you will not know! . . . the end of it all will be that we shall be compelled to look for our apples in a barrel."
- Henry David Thoreau