Things I have noticed:
- The occasional emblazoned tree or brilliant leaf.
- Craving for pumpkin baked goods.
- Evenings getting darker earlier.
- Neighbors erecting those shelters for Sukkot.
- Long shadows at 9:00 am.
- Wistful feelings.
- Autumn smell.
I don't really tend to like autumn, because it means winter's coming: darkness, even sadness. However, this year, somehow, I feel brave, excited, and yes, a bit wistful. On that breeze I can smell those twenty-five past autumns, but what's more, I can smell so many more future ones which haven't even happened yet.
This weekend we go out to Pittsfield, all of us minus one brother this year, who is too far away to come camping with us. It is sad. And we remember at autumn that life is about change. Good and bad change both. Try to hold it close and you'll be left staring at the trees' clutching, empty fingers. Best to just ride your bike and pick apples and press pretty leaves between the pages of your favorite book to rediscover one winter's evening.