The fall season is second to none. There's something about the crisp breezes brushing against my cheeks and the leaves crunching underneath my feet that are familiar. A reminder of how refreshing and beautiful this variegated transition from the dog days of summer into the tranquility of winter can be.
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With so many memories--new and old--conjured in the presence of autumn, I find myself flooded by their warmth and comfort, as well as their adventure and intrigue.
Waking up in the mornings to family time in the backyard. What I then considered chores were actually chances for my family and I to bask in the company of love and fun. Raking leaves was more than work; it was us versus them in strategic, yet friendly Backyardigan turf wars.
Source: fall..it is. by Lisa Morrow
Afternoons became strolls through fields of wild grapes with neighborhood kids--all of us seeing who could succeed at spoiling dinner by eating far too many of the fruiting berries. Perhaps this is where my love of wine came to blossom?
Source: Fall Grapes by Spencer Graham
More recently, I discovered a neighbor's love of the changing leaves. While enjoying a park day, we found ourselves lying underneath a sea of red. No words being spoken, just the appreciation of good company and colorful scenery.
Source: Fall Colors, East TN by lu2shoot
Then there's food. I'm sure you'd agree that the food of fall is unparalleled. As a kid, I'd sit around with my grandmother eating baked sweet potatoes adorned with butter and brown sugar. Now, those were the days. Over the past few years, my friends and I have modified that tradition and created our own dishes, as well as memories. Who could say no to sweet potato gnocchi, right?
Here's an oldie, but goodie we can all relate to--cocoa in front of the fireplace. I have memory after memory with everyone from friends to family to strangers all enjoying the familiarity of knowing that cocoa makes everything that much better.
Source: coffee cup by Moyan Brenn
I could go on and on with images that epitomize memories I've amassed as each autumn season has come and gone; however, I'd like to hear from you. What does fall mean to you and what are some of the wonderful memories you've created over the years?
Header image: Fall leaves by FreeRishad