Monday, September 28, 2015

The Urgency of Autumn

I've said it before - autumn really is my favourite time of the year. I love the warmth of the sun, the chill in the wind, the colours, the spices, the nuances in the neighbourhood and the prioritizing of one last bbq and one last bike ride through the park and one last paddle on the river.

Autumn reminds me that there is an urgency to enjoy life. It's fleeting. It's beautiful. It can change at any moment to the tyranny of a prairie winter. The colours can be gone overnight if the wind and rain have their way with them. The crisp leaves can loose their scattering, rustling ramble around the sidewalks and change to slippery and slimy wallpaper pasted on your windshield. The joy of a chill wind and the first days of sweaters and scarves transition all too quickly to the necessity of a scarves and toques and gloves - light layers turning burdensome in just weeks.

As Easton and I are preparing for Zimbabwe and Zambia, we realized that we will most likely return to winter. Our departure in early October means we'll miss a lot of the glory of autumn, and so today, I took Charlie out along the river and meandered longer that we would normally. We embraced the chill in the air, the warmth of the sun when we ducked into the forested paths and the sound of the geese reverberating on the water. We walked as leaves fluttered around us, many trees already half undressed by the strength of the winds we've begun to see. The bees are lazy, the wasps ignore you and the geese are too busy practicing their formations to roost long on the sandbars. It's the urgency of autumn and it reminds me that we need to prioritize enjoying it. For all too soon, we'll be in Zimbabwe and dragging in the heat of the African sun. We'll soak it up for all its worth but we'll most likely return to either imminent snow or an already dusted landscape.

I need to remember to live life like this. For every day has the colour and the beauty and the ability to make us feel just a little renewed and a little more alive, if only we take the time to enjoy it. 

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