“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.”
William Cullen Bryant
Here in Arizona, where the temperature still registers 102 – 104, it is hard to imagine that it’s now the time of the year called autumn.
Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, usually beginning in September and ending in November. Of course, in other parts of the world it would be at another time. In East Asia, autumn starts in early August. In Australia, autumn officially begins on March 1 and ends May 31st.
Autumn is associated with Halloween and Thanksgiving, leaves changing color, pumpkins and football, new TV shows and school openings. In Indian mythology, autumn is considered the season of the goddess of learning - Saraswati. The name “autumn” has been one of the 100 top names for girls since 1997.
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
I have lived in colder climates. As a child, I remember gathering colorful leaves that fell from trees, gathering them into piles and then jumping into them. There was a nip in the air and you knew cold weather was coming. There was nothing quite as satisfactory as sitting on the front step, bundled up, eating a fall apple and gazing out at a lake with cold choppy waves.
I would like to tell the kids at StarShine about that experience, one that they most likely will never have -- Maybe I will.
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.”
By Lois Jamieson
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