The Encore

I smelled Fall today. I think there are finally enough leaves on the ground that you can actually begin to smell them. You know, like when you were a kid and you raked them and raked them into huge, heaping piles and then dove head-long into them! You would plunge right into the center of that crispy-sweet, earthy scent. There is nothing else like it. It is in the air for just a few weeks… fleeting but heavenly. This is my favorite time of year.

Summer seems to yield to Fall so suddenly. One week you’re wearing shorts and flip-flops and the next you’re reaching into the back of the closet for that favorite sweatshirt. Bare feet search for fuzzy socks and slippers. Windows are opened at night and an extra blanket tossed on the bed. Shadows from the trees lay longer and longer across remnants of green grass… stretching for the last few drops of sunshine before the cold renders them silent. Darkness comes sooner than the night before.

With the glorious colors of the season I have searched and searched for the right words to describe this unique and transformational time of year. But nothing I come up with seems to do it justice. They say a picture is worth a thousand words… and that statement could not be more true of autumn. I guess that’s why—over the years—I’ve turned the camera’s lens to capture so many images of the brilliant leaves when the late afternoon sun is dancing on them. Words simply aren’t sufficient.

Though finally one day it came to me. I believe “encore” to be an appropriate word… if there is one. The dictionary defines encore as: an additional performance in response to the demand of an audience.

If we are the audience… and Spring, with it’s debut of flowers and tender new buds, is the Opening Act, and Summer, with it’s long days and warm nights is the Main Performance… then Fall must be the Encore. The verdant reign of Summer ends in one big blaze of glory. One final number before the white curtain of Winter falls.

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7 thoughts on “The Encore

  1. JT says:

    I think encore is a good word, that is of course unless you are someone who likes snow 🙂 This too is my favorite time of year! I love the warm days and crisp nights perfect for snuggling, the harvest time with it’s vibrant colors and partaking of the fruits of one’s labors is especially satisfying. The boundaries of our enviroment I find very affirming, there seems to be a virtual blanket being set upon us to prepare for a cozy winter’s nap.

  2. Today the temperature is something 59!!!!!!!!!! We went straight from the 90’s to this!! Wow. This is crazy. But it is so nice to be able to walk outside and not turn into a big wet puddle. You can always but more clothes on but you can only take so many off.

  3. Loving the post and Encore is a perfect word for Fall. I just love the way you write – you make us think, reflect, bring out emotions, emits a smile or laugh, and on and on. Have a Great Weekend:)

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