Seasons of Change

I love the fall. It allows nature to paint with a mastery of colors as the leaves fall from the trees. There’s a calmness in the wind that is difficult to explain. What I think is most intriguing is many of those trees offer unique colors that the rainbows don’t capture. The downside to fall is ragweed. If you have allergies, as I do, ragweed can give you a fit even when you take medication for this.

Before COVID, events like Fall Festivals were rampant. I’m seeing many pumpkin patches popping up all around me but it’s more difficult to embrace the spirit of fall when so many events have been canceled. That’s why I’m glad that there are some places still holding events but ensuring that social distancing is adhered to.

Halloween is one of my favorite times of years. I’ve often said that I love legends and folklore. I have a very sensitive nature about me and am not afraid to admit that there are things in this world that are not able to be explained. Do I believe in ghosts? Yes and no. Do I believe there are spirits? Yes. Just as I believe there are demons in this world. I believe that there are such things as witches. Maybe not the kind that rides on broomsticks but rather the kind that follows the Wiccan path. We all have our beliefs and our values. The truth is at some point we will all be returned to the earth.

It saddens me to think of all the festivities that are being canceled this year. My heart aches for the businesses that have been forced to close and for the ones struggling to stay afloat. In many ways, this is their season of change. We’ve all had to readjust how we live and adapt to safer means.

I remember being a kid and jumping in piles of leaves. It was one of my favorite past times. I didn’t think about the fact there might be snakes in there. Nor did I think about any other dangers. I just thought it was awesome. I could make a mess out of neat piles and frustrate my parents in the process. That was priceless. I’d give anything to be able to rake with my dad again but with every season that changes comes new memories and moments to be treasured. While I can’t live in the past, I can certainly appreciate the wonderful moments that are happening. Moments like watching children pick the best pumpkin out of the patch or carving those pumpkins with family. The aroma of pumpkin bread or the challenges that come with social distancing for the new events.

Our church will be having a bonfire in a month. I’m excited about that because it’s the start of something wonderful. There’s something about the crispness in the air surrounded by fire and community that can sip hot chocolate and apple cider to bring special memories to mind. Bonfires do not require age restrictions. It’s a time for people to enjoy the transitions that are happening within the seasons.

As you experience the changes around you, I hope that you will take the time to enjoy the special moments of the season that you are in. Each season brings a unique perspective to a person. There are events that Some events only happen at certain times of the year and those moments should be savored. Speaking of which, one of the local fire departments near me is having a BBQ sale this Saturday. It will be a drive-thru service but BBQ is good at any time of year. Brunswick Stew is also a staple in the south for this time of year. Whatever you crave this season, enjoy it. You never know what else the world has in store.

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