Sunday, November 27, 2011

Post Thanksgiving Musings


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Thanksgiving has come and gone. Well, not quite gone. The feel of the week-end lingers, perhaps because I didn't take part in the Black Friday feeding frenzy. Instead my husband and I took time off from our busy lives and enjoyed slowing down and savoring the splendid fall we are having.

Autumn came late to Sacramento and its surrounding areas. The air has only recently turned nippy. Consequently, the leaves have been turning colors slowly, steadily becoming more brilliant against the gray sky before they fall. Their leaf litter on sidewalks or piled in gutters makes a walk through Midtown an uplifting experience. No matter how much I like spring and summer (even winter with it's own beauty carved from branches splaying the air in webby patterns), autumn has become my favorite season.

It seems ironic that in such a cool season, the colors are from the warmest tones of the palette: yellow, gold, bronze, orange, every shade of red and brown. The colors both cheer and sooth—comfortable colors associated with pumpkins and pumpkin pie, with yams and carrot cake and corn on the cob. Or roast chestnuts.  A glowing fireplace. Bouquets of golden mums by a window. 

Spring may burst out in a rainbow of blooms and promise. Autumn is a promise kept, a season of harvest and sharing the bounty, a sharing that doesn't require standing in long lines at midnight in order to grab the latest bargain, but instead calls us back to fellowship and the abundance in our hearts. 

15 comments:

Joanna said...

Rural France still has many festivals and fĂȘtes to celebrate the fellowship and abundance of this season, which I love!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Whereabouts in France are you, Joanna? My nephew is in France about twenty minutes away from Geneva.

Carol Riggs said...

That IS really interesting that this cool time of year has so many golden colors. Ha, and I like your description of Black Friday as a "feeding frenzy." No kidding!

Rosi said...

I, too, love autumn more than any other season. The the cool, crisp air invigorates and colors are spectacular. It's interesting to me, though, that leaves are most beautiful as they are dying. There's me, having a dark moment.

Mayra Calvani said...

Lovely post, Elizabeth! I love the colors of Autumn, all those red, oranges, browns and yellows really warm my heart.

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving... I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner.

Cheers!
Mayra

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Carol, thanks for stopping by.

Rosi, not so dark. It really is an interesting contrast. Although, only the leaves are dropping off, the trees are just going dormant, entering a period of incubation. Maybe that's why creative people like the season so much.

Mayra, you and me both. The holidays are so close together, and both of them such busy times!

Rachna Chhabria said...

I love this time of the year too, Elizabeth.

How is your writing going?

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Hi, Rachna, it's going great. About fifteen minutes ago I submitted a short story to an online magazine. I'm impressed that you are working on a trilogy. Enjoyed your post about that this morning.

Ashley Nixon said...

I love fall! Interestingly enough, because the colors are so warm, I think of it as a warm, joyous time!

Tanya Reimer said...

Yes, beautiful! We have a wonderful shade of white which we're enjoying! :)

Lauren F. Boyd said...

I love fall! Thank you for this lovely reminder of the beauty of the season.

And thanks, too, for stopping by my blog! As always, it's great to see you!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Ashley, me too! There's just something in the air that's so cosy with those colors.

Tanya, ah, that means snow. Well, snow has it's own beauty and cosiness for sure.

Lauren, I always enjoy your blog. Hope the writing is going well.

Lydia Kang said...

Beautifully said! That last paragraph was such a lovely way to end your post. :)

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Thanks, Lydia.

JaNayB said...

Oh, how I love Fall. It always sparks poetry in me. And I agree, the warm colors of the foliage is mesmerizing. Hello Autumn, and welcome.