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I don’t know what it is about cold rainy fall days, but they are my favorite kind of days of the year. Maybe it’s living in Colorado, where we average 12-15 inches of precipitation a year – I miss the water in all forms. Maybe it’s that gray, cool days bring me some peace – it feels like the world is breathing a sigh and exhaling some of the frenetic busy-ness that sunny days entail. Or, maybe it’s just like that I like cold rainy days – I feel like snuggling up under a warm quilt with a good book, a hot cup of tea and the window open so I can smell the rain and feel the breeze…it’s like a little bit of heaven for me.

I’m such a nut about the cold weather, that I keep the window open even in the winter. I drive my poor husband nuts with that, but there is *nothing* like the smell of fresh cool air to help me relax. Even when it’s snowing – I can hear the muted hush of the cars on the road, as the snow falls and insulates the house from the outside world. And, I’m finding, there are different smells to the rain and snow – fall rain has a mustier, more earthy smell to it, while winter snow has a sharper, clean crispness to it.

Anyway, we’re in the middle of a fall cold spell here – and it feels wonderful.  I can slow down, find my bliss and enjoy that hot cup of tea – and a good blog.

 

 

Beautiful, glowing fall leaves in Loveland, Colorado

1. Autumn Leaves – love ‘me, love ’em, LOVE ’em!
2. Halloween costumes – can’t wait to see all the little kids dressed up and going trick or treating
3. Halloween Candy – ’nuff said ;p
4. Walking with the munchkins outside on a beautiful autumn day (see #1)…
5. Nyquil, since I’ve got a bad cold
6. Dayquil, for the same reason
7. Working with my clients – I have the best job in the whole world
8. Warm fuzzy sweaters, and cooler nights
9. The smell of frost in the air in the mornings
10. Pink – anything pink, but especially pink bags!

From my journal, written today at the park where my kids and I like to play:

It’s a beautiful day, after nearly a week of clouds and rain, which I really loved. It’s nice to have the variety, and I love it when the weather and the seasons are in flux. Today is sunny and about 70 degrees, and I have the kidlets at the park where they are having fun being outdoors after spending most of the week cooped up inside. It’s wonderful to see them run and jump and play.

Fall has definitely arrived – the days are shorter and cooler, and the leaves are changing. It’s my favorite season for all these reasons, but also because the poignancy and beauty of life shines even as the days darken, the leaves die, and the world around me begins to go into that long, cold sleep of winter.

The promise of spring blooms even in the dying embers of fall, bearing hope for renewed life each time around, in an eternal cycle. The leaves may age and die, but the tree remains. And even when the tree dies, the promise of the seeds that have fallen and their new lives remain and flourish. So it is with us. As I sit here under the trees with their still-green leaves, I notice that only a few have begun to show their colors. I also notice how each one, although they look similar, is different from every other leaf. And it occurs to me, that each year the leaves are different as well – the leaves that will arrive in spring are completely, wholly different and yet the same as the leaves that are here, now, in the beginning of autumn.

Perhaps one form of eternal life is that the divine spark of who we are – the lives we lived and the love we made – lives on in and through our children. Maybe not even just our genetic offspring, but also in the lives of the children of our hearts – the lives of all we touch through the simple acts of living and loving.

The leaves may die each year, but the tree remains. Each one of us is as a leaf on the tree of humanity, and the tree is changed and made new by every leaf that has ever appeared. Without the leaves, the tree is barren and dies – the leaves along with the roots provide nourishment that keeps the tree alive. Each one of us – through our hopes, dreams, lives and loves – keeps the tree of humanity alive and growing. It doesn’t matter that the leaves eventually fall and new ones replace them – the tree remains, and has grown and matured by the simple fact that the leaves were there.

Reflections of Reflections…

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