Friday, September 22, 2017

“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

~ Stephen King, ‘Salem’s Lot

Welcome fall. I’m ready for you this year.

I once dreaded the change of seasons and lamented the arrival of the dark and damp days (as they were when we lived in Washington). I knew we were heading toward winter when I only saw the light of day on weekends. I grieved the passing of long evenings spent on the patio.

Now, I’m ready to plant my garlic and put the garden to bed. I’m ready to walk in the park and appreciate the beauty of falling leaves and fading flowers. I’m ready for sweaters, and reading socks, and soup, and pumpkin pie.

I’m here with the arrival of autumn, not looking behind nor too far ahead. I’m not dreading the coming cold Canadian winter; I’m not thinking about it much at all, in fact. I’m simply appreciating the change and looking for the magic this season brings with it.

I wonder if the change in how I experience the arrival of fall has more to do with the fact that I’m living life at a different pace now, or if it’s because I’m growing older and becoming more settled.

Doesn’t matter, really. It’s just a sweet place to be.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I like the change to fall…cooler temps, leaves going golden colors. It was more colorful on the east coast – up here it’s mostly yellow or brown. 🙂 And I hope for a very long fall, because it’s what comes after that I don’t like so much.

  2. I adore Autumn as well and I too find myself slowing down a bit. But this just makes more time for me to enjoy those turning leaves and cooler winds. Enjoy!

  3. Wonderful fall posting! Still waiting for fall here in Texas, but my winter friend Orian is now in the pre dawn morning sky.

  4. That’s a lovely quote – and a very tranquil photo. I am enjoying autumn too; there’s a quietening and dimming down in the air which I always like after the bright hectic light of summer.

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