Albert Camus wrote: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
Many writers and poets, past and present, have been fascinated by fall and create wonderful imagery about it. Here’s Eric Sloane:
“A few days ago, I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air. “
And here’s Valentin:
“. . . the best is autumn. It is mature, reasonable and serious, it glows moderately and not frivolously … It cools down, clears up, makes you reasonable . . .”
Others write more mundanely about the joys – once the leaves are raked – of no longer having to mow the lawn each week. But few seem to shiver as I do in anticipation of a cold winter.
I use these quotes and others to spur conversations about fall feelings: Do you also love the smells, sights and sounds of fall? Does crisp air energize you? Do you see maturity and reasonableness in fall? Do you miss spring’s frivolity or can you find it in fall, too?
Fall presents one more reason to get outdoors and into nature, or if that truly isn’t possible, to bring nature indoors with collected leaves, pine cones, and acorns. And to consider purchasing by slide shows for large and small screens. At this time of year there’s “Fascinated by Fall,” “Happy Halloween,” and “Remembering November,” all of which offer trivia quizzes, word games, discussion topics, and reminiscence exercises. Learn more under “shop” at www.WiserNow.com