As I opened the back door this morning, autumn welcomed me with a rush of cool air. No longer was the warmth of the summer morning there to greet me. I do love the change of seasons, but when one leaves and another enters, it always hits me with a pang of sadness.
Summer, being my favorite season, is a difficult goodbye for me. The careless afternoons spent on the lake become a memory. But, autumn, once its wrapped itself around me, also brings its own sense of joy along with activities that were tucked away during the summer months. I love walking in the coolness of an autumn day. I begin a regular walking regimen, something that I totally abandon during the summer. When up at the lake, we explore the many parks, waterfalls and hiking trails in the area. Those hazy, pale blue skies of summer become the bright blue skies of autumn. The sunsets also become more majestic with brilliant shades of reds and oranges.
As the leaves fall, the raking work-outs begin, putting the summer gardens to bed for the winter and planting the new shrubs to replace ones that didn't survive the heat of the summer. As Autumn marches on, the holidays become the center of focus and family get-togethers are planned.
Autumn does possess its own unique qualities that I do look forward to, but it's the goodbye to Summer that is always hard to swallow.
What does Autumn mean to you?
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