Today is the first day of fall. While most foods are harvested during the autumn, some foods we love to eat during this season are pumpkins and apples. Starbucks wanted us to believe fall started three weeks ago by introducing the 2016 P.S.L. Remember this: pumpkin spice causes constipation. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Do you consider fall a time of renewal? Autumn is the transition of summer to winter, temperatures get cooler, and trees shed their leaves. Autumn is colorful (after all, the white shoes have since been put into storage and the plum-colored leather purse takes residence on your shoulder) and fragrant.
Wikipedia tells me that autumn, especially in poetry, has been associated with melancholy. The possibilities of summer are gone, and the chill of winter is on the horizon. Skies turn grey, the amount of usable daylight drops rapidly, and many people turn inward, both physically and mentally. I didn’t know that autumn has often been referred to as an unhealthy season. An example is found in Irish poet William Butler Yates poem The Wild Swans at Coole, where the maturing season that the poet observes symbolically represents his own aging self. Like the natural world that he observes, he too has reached his prime and now must look forward to the inevitability of old age and death.
Holy cow, not something I wanted to read as I celebrate the start of my sixth decade. I shall not focus on one’s mortality. Instead, I’ll become obsessed with thoughts of buying a plum-colored leather purse the next time I’m at a Coach outlet.