Welcome to autumn

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Jane Austen wrote in Persuasion, “Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn--that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness--that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.”

No other season inspires quite like the days of autumn with bright reds and tangy oranges capturing the woods, the fields, the gardens and even the kitchens. Fall in the Delta means harvest time. Farmers are in the fields, pumpkins are for sale on the side of the road, scarecrows are built for the gardens, and front porch steps become alive with bright yellow mums and stalks of corn. And, even during a pandemic, autumn is still all about good music, dancing, bonfires, hunting and fishing. It is upon us. Take a moment to feel the cool breeze, inhale the sweet smells in the air and get the hot cider ready.

In the written words of George Eliot, "Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize."

The first day of autumn has arrive... breathe.