Fall into Comfort


The first weekend in September Fall arrived. The air was crisp, the breeze was blowing. Perfect football days, unless you were a Bagders or a Packers fan, that is. One of my greatest regrets with the end of this weekend is that so many of my colleagues at work are going to be grumpy on Monday morning because of the football outcomes.

Oh well. It was still a beautiful weekend.

Summer is slowly receding into history; although I have no doubt that it will attempt to make a return with a few warm days here and there. As summer recedes, Fall comes forth. This year, the color change and leaf fall has started early because of the drought and heat of the summer. The corn fields are already yielding their harvests to the blade of the reaper. The soybean fields have turned from green to yellow to gold and slowly begin to take their burgundy/brown shade. Yes, Fall is upon us.

In the Fall communities gather for high school football games; little league is in full swing. Students have gathered at schools, renewing friendships that have a summer’s worth of catch-up to do.

Fall is that season that makes me think of home. Perhaps it is because Fall was my mom’s favorite of the four seasons. Perhaps it is because Fall is filled will family activities like trips to apple orchard and pumpkin farms. Perhaps it is because the kitchen begins to fill with the smells of baking, cinnamon and nutmeg waft through the air. Perhaps because in Fall, I love the feel of the knitted wool in my lap as I work and the drape of a warm sweater around my shoulders. Fall is the season of the home comforts.

It also seems to be the season that we reach out to those who do not have the comforts of home. Today it is incredibly important that we make an extra effort to reach out to those less fortunate. We live in a world where it is not always easy to get ahead, often no matter how hard you work. So, when you go grocery shopping, take the time to pick up the brown bag of groceries for the food pantry. Or donate an extra set of school supplies to your favorite school. Volunteer to tutor or mentor students or bring meals to the less mobile.

Fall is the time of year when Nature renews and recycles, the growth and energy of the summer go to the ground to be recycled, composted to provide energy and nutrients for the rest of the world, sustaining the new growth of the next year.

So, let’s take our cue from nature. Let’s provide some comfort and energy and nutrients for the rest of the world to sustain the growth for the future.

(Football update: Happy to report the second week in September was kinder to Wisconsin residents. Both the Badgers and the Packers won, the Packers beating the bears with an impressive defensive performance.)

© 2012 Michele Arduengo. All rights reserved.

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