Thursday, September 30, 2010
Summer ends with the closure of September… good-bye to those sweet lazy hazy dayz. They kept us young and happy as we reminisced about childhood memories chasing foam laced waves back and forth while squinting into the Pacific as the sun set long past dinner time. No more hand churned ice cream with hunks of freshly picked peaches from our own backyard tree for dessert. Those days have given way to water aerobics in our pool and Healthy Choice 100 calorie fudge bars. The trade was well worth the loss. A thirty pound loss to be exact!!! The summer of 2010 was one of the best summers I’ve ever had.
Fall is my favorite season so I’m already looking forward to enjoying every moment. I gave birth to my first son on Thanksgiving so it’s no wonder I embrace it as my favorite holiday. I will be replacing some traditional favs this year with healthier substitutes but all the beauty of the season comes calorie free. The colors, the scents, the memories of all the handmade Halloween costumes we wore as children and all the decorations our now grown kids made that I’ve kept. We have five grandkids now who are giddy in anticipating of all the seasonal festivities. So we’ll follow along while they Trick-Or-Treat and help pull wagons full of freshly picked apples from trees we don’t own. The fruit will be as sweet, the giggles as precious and the memories as cherished once autumn envelopes us in all her glory.
Autumn, Queen of Year
When the pumpkins are so yellow
And the vines with grapes abound,
When the melons are so mellow
And the nuts fall to the ground;
When persimmons lose their bitters,
And the apples are so red;
When we love to eat corn fritters
Since the roasting ears have fled;
When vacation days are over
And the children go to school,
They no longer play in clover,
But must learn "Arithmos-rule,"
When weird Halloween's most naughty elves
With gnomes and sprites appear,
While fat Thanksgiving fills the shelves -
'Tis AUTUMN, QUEEN OF YEAR.~Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr.