I have loved Fall/Autumn since I first realized the seasons changed.
Activities of Fall
When I was four, I went on my first Trick or Treat, all over the town we lived in on the banks of the beautiful Ohio. I gathered enough candy
to last until Christmas. I had always thought that I had garnered a lot of candy; however, in retrospect, I remember Mom putting it in a bowl on the sideboard and portioning it out to me, some every day. I have to tell you (also in retrospect), I’m disappointed.
In early Autumn, when there is just a trace of chill in the air, it’s great to gather with good friends around an outdoor fire to roast hot dogs and marshmallows. It’s also the time for remembering other friends near and far, recalling wonderful Autumn times of the past.
Colors of Fall
The colors of Autumn, the color of changing leaves—crimson, green, gold, and brown—are my favorite colors, any time of the year. The hills of West Virginia certainly do know how to dress for the season. Everywhere you look, you can see those lovely hues. It must have been the hills in Autumn that inspired the state song:
Oh, the West Virginia hills! How majestic and how grand,
With their summits bathed in glory, like the Prince Immanuel’s Land!
Tastes of Fall
The foods associated with Fall are some of my favorites:
♦ spiced apple cider
♦ shortbread and hot chocolate
♦ a mess of soup beans and ham with cornbread
♦ pumpkin pie
♦ sweet potato (yam) casserole
♦ hot dogs roasted over fire
Recalling friends and good food leads me to think of Thanksgiving. This year I am thankful once again for those close friends who have become family, the beauty of the land, and the bounty of the table.
Yes, there is trouble in the world: ruthless politics, war, famine, disease, and poverty. We can care about those things but also be thankful that we have the means to help prevent or rectify them.