Fall has arrived! This cozy season of sweaters, apple cider, crunchy leaves, crisp mornings and warm golden afternoons inspires a mysterious affinity within all of us. Is there anyone who doesn't look forward to fall? We love all of the things that come along with this colorful season, but there is also an accompanying feeling that we cannot quite explain...
Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love — that makes life and nature harmonize. The birds are consulting about their migrations, the trees are putting on the hectic or the pallid hues of decay, and begin to strew the ground, that one’s very footsteps may not disturb the repose of earth and air, while they give us a scent that is a perfect anodyne to the restless spirit. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.
~George Eliot, letter to Miss Lewis, 1st October 1841
|Autumn color setting the hillsides ablaze near Leavenworth, WA. Oct. 2010 - Lainey Piland photo|
I just love 19th century prose... in case you're wondering, an anodyne is something that relieves stress or pain and soothes the mind and feelings... I had to look that one up! Certainly a fitting description of nature during this season.
As the line in the Robert Frost poem goes: gold is nature's "hardest hue to hold," so be sure to spend intentional time outdoors in the next few weeks enjoying the changing leaves in their last blazing gasps of glory. They won't last long!