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Words for Wednesday: waiting for autumn

It’s here. All the signs are evident. The days grow shorter. The nights turn cooler. Summer flowers are fading fast. And here and there, a bright spot of color other than green appears on our trees.

My favorite season of the year is autumn. I recently noticed one of those cute signs that folks put out in their yard for fall decorating that said: “There are two times of year: autumn and waiting for autumn.”

I can agree with that. Right now, our front porch is demonstrating that thought. Our bright red petunias still bloom in the dark green porch boxes hanging on our railing, but gorgeous yellow mums stand at attention like sentries beside our front door, waiting for autumn.

The porch swing still adorns the porch and the tree swing remains suspended in the front yard. But we gleaned six pumpkins from just a couple vines in our garden patch and they grace the front sidewalk, waiting for autumn.

We visited a local pumpkin patch with our oldest grandchild to enjoy some fall fun. After meandering through a corn maze, we noticed an entire field of sunflowers were still blooming just like the ones in the photo above snapped at a Maryland lavender farm back in July. Apparently, they are waiting for autumn.

The calendar says it’s autumn…yet here we’re still waiting for it to fully arrive. Waiting for the leaves to completely transform into fall’s colored hues and that special nutty aroma that announces autumn is in session.

I’ll be patient because all good things come to those who wait.

“Go, sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound. The summer sun is faint on them— The summer flowers depart— Sit still— as all transform’d to stone, Except your musing heart.” ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in her poem The Autumn

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Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view the gorgeous sunsets off my own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

10 thoughts on “Words for Wednesday: waiting for autumn

  1. Since moving to the Deep South, I miss autumn most of all. I loved all the seasons. Like a child waiting for Christmas, I never outgrew the excitement when I saw the first snowflake of the season, the first daffodil that popped up through the soil (sometimes snow) and seeing fresh peaches and corn at roadside stands. But, nothing compares to that first faint smell of fall that comes late in August. Now that I’m in Louisiana, I decorate the inside of my house for the seasons. Yesterday, while walking in my neighborhood, I saw a wreath on a door with a sign that said, “It’s Fall, Y’all!” It made me think of the old adage that Southerners knew how to “make do.” That put a smile on my face and I thought of one of my favorite poems about fall. “When the Frost is on the Punkin and the Fodder’s in the Shock.”
    Thanks for a wonderful post that made me daydream a little… Happy Autumn!

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    1. I do love living here in my home state because we have four distinct seasons and I enjoy the changes that come with them. Summer’s not my thing though because of the heat and humidity. I’m going to check out that poem because I don’t think I’m familiar with it. Thanks!! And “Happy Fall, y’all!”

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  2. Autumn is about to slam in to our home this weekend. Cold, wind and a high chance of rain are all apparent in this morning’s sky. Soon it it will be winter with tea, a cat and a good book.


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