The low light and rain has me thinking about autumn and how to summon its magical brisk air and quilted solace.
Last night I dreamed about fall, where I watched the leaves dance and float gently to the ground out a stone lined window. With a sigh, I felt myself sink down into a comforter. Then, as I watched the crackling fire, I heard music coming from the kitchen. The scene was warm, comforting, and made me homesick for my mom. So it seems that thoughts of autumn are the return of nostalgia and memories.
In my real life I would also be sipping an Irish coffee while occasionally dozing in front of that fire. Just thinking about autumn warms me all the way to my toes, and soothes the ache for the crisp fall days.
Clearly, fall brings out the romantic in me.
If you are missing fall like I am, you can listen to nostalgic songs like the mesmerizing Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole and James Taylor’s touching Country Road. A note of caution: If you listen to Nat sing Autumn Leaves, you might drift off into a fall slumber that smells like Thanksgiving and dream about love.
With these hypnotic songs in the background, I can think of few things that are as beautiful to me as the colorful robes of fall worn by the trees and their leaves drifting to the ground outside my window: deep reds, saffron yellows, dark greens, soft leathery browns, bursts of orange.
autumn leaf and color
the warmth in my writer’s cup
Maybe its the change, but fall has so many positives. It is back to school time with the sights and sounds of football games, fireside campouts, hot apple cider, and pumpkin picking. I get giddy thinking about apple pies and cinnamon smells coming from the kitchen.
In hopes that I can dispel the Mississippi summer blues, we have planned a trip to see the colors in the mountains for October. Autumn beckons.
I think I probably need to pretend it is October and watch some movies that make it feel like fall.
Good for the soul right? Each of these gives us some part of fall color, back to school allure, or Thanksgiving. So when I need a little fall like I do right now?
You’ve Got Mail
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban
When Harry Met Sally
Mona Lisa Smile
Eat Pray Love
and for football fans Remember The Titans, Rudy, and The Blindside
While looking up more music, I came across the song Turn Turn Turn. It is based on the passages from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and is by The Byrds with music by Pete Seger. Whenever I hear it, I feel fall and its changes.
It is a time for peace.
My playlist has a start and I can feel the cool air coming. So, this weekend when it is sweltering, we will watch some autumn movies with the air on a low temp and snuggle on the couch. I am getting a head start, so I can leave my Mississippi summer blues behind.
Summoning autumn breezes and writing,
1To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. 5 A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to count as lost, a time to keep and a time to discard.
7 And, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war
and a time for peace.