The Season Between
By John W. Vander Velden
For some, autumn is only the time wedged between the blistering summer and dark and snowy winter. But to overlook those special ninety plus days, of the years transition, the time when the breeze becomes a bit cooler and the days grow a little shorter, is to ignore a magnificent portion of the year. For the season provides unique experiences that come at no other time. It is impossible not to notice fall’s colors, the tree’s grand pallet of reds and golds. Yet how easily we disregard the thousands of unique things of the season. The mists that settle in the hollows and glows pink with the day’s first light. The apples of red and yellow that decorate the rows of trees on gently rolling hills. The bright orange pumpkins placed that embellish many a lawn and porch. Have we forgotten the Friday night lights, that shine on high school gladiators, as fans, bundled against the cold, cheer? Or the musty scent of fallen leaves that fill our nostril? Can we take no notice of frosts tiny flakes that paint our lawns on crisp mornings? Wonders abound each and every day.
Though autumn is a time of change, each season has its purpose, for fall brings maturity, the completion of spring’s beginnings and summer’s growth, while preparing the world, for winter’s rest. Fall is so much more than the season between.
(231 Words) 9–30–2013