I didn't much miss the beautiful colors of fall as a child; you don't realize you're missing something you never had. My mom had also grown up in Los Angeles, but she dreamed of seeing all the fall leaves changing. One year Dad made her wish come true by taking her to New England in October.
A few years back I got to see what I was missing when I moved to Missouri in the fall. No one had prepared me for what I saw. Driving down a winding, rolling highway I reached the peak of a hill only to see a sea of color spreading for miles. I was speechless! The variations of yellows and oranges, the slow-changing greens...there was nothing else like it.
Driving through my neighborhood there is where I discovered the real magic of fall. As the sunlight falls though those orange and yellow leaves, it takes on their hue, so the air around you glows. I would slow down each time I approached a large tree beside the road just to be in the radiance as long as I could.
Yes, my neighbors probably thought I was odd, and they were right. But I was living in the moment, enjoying my surroundings.
I miss the changing leaves, but I still appreciate what fall brings in Southern California. The cooling temperatures are a blessing after weeks of hundred-degree weather. We can sit outside again. The dogs will lie in the sunlight and enjoy it for a change.
It's also quiet. The air conditioner no longer comes on, and the heater hasn't been turned on, so you can hear the world outside. With the dogs, that's not always a good thing, as they have to scare everything away.
~*~USA Today Bestselling Author Aileen Fish is an avid quilter and auto racing fan who finds there aren't enough hours in a day/week/lifetime to stay up with her "to do" list. There is always another quilt or story begging to steal away attention from the others. Her books include The Bridgethorpe Brides series and the Small Town Sweethearts series. Stay up to date with book releases at her website http://aileenfish.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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