Autumn. The season between Summer and Winter. When the days are hot and the nights and mornings are brisk and chilly.
Smoke hangs in the air from campfires and from wood stoves and fireplaces. Squirrels bustle about collecting the fallen walnuts and acorns, preparing for the long Winter months ahead.
School commences once more, and children head back to their studies, learning lessons that will take them through their adult years to their destiny.
Leaves change from green to brown, crimson red, brilliant yellow, and fiery orange. They tremble in the crisp air and slowly, one by one, they fall to the ground where they produce a delightful crunch underfoot.
Sleepy, early mornings are warmed by a cup of fragrant, hot coffee, the steam wafting up and away in lazy swirls.
The darkness creeps in early on these Autumn evenings, bringing children back inside from their play, to find toys and games inside to occupy their active minds and bodies.
Warm sweaters and jackets are pulled from closets, boots are dusted off and shined, hats and gloves find a place once more on shelves and coat racks.
Soup bubbles happily on the stove and warm breads liven up the Autumn meals. Family gathers around the supper table and enjoys a bit of a slower season.
The earth rests. Readies itself for the blanket of white that will soon cover it. And it sleeps, waiting for the gentle awakening of the Springtime that will surely come again.
Enjoy the Autumn!