and I'll get more accomplished when school starts.
We'll all wake earlier, be more organized, more focused.
Every year when the fall flowers bloom, the mornings cool, and the days shorten, I believe this false truth.
And every year I'm disappointed.
The truth is that Autumn speeds up time to match the flutter of a wing,
droop of a petal,
fade of a leaf,
even a wink.
And every year I have to remind myself of why Fall is my favorite season.
And it's not all about the pumpkins. Or the color orange.
The shorter days make me more aware of Winter's approach,
that we should linger in the garden before snow's first fall.
So we'll take more picnics,
even if we have to bring homework along.
We'll enjoy the garden's last stand,
watch the leaves turn,
and smile at fall's vibrant colors, as if this season is saying to Winter, "Come and get me."
May you enjoy these last days of warmth and beauty before the west winds blow, bringing cold air, long nights, and many mugs of hot chocolate.