The Florida winter is easy to embrace, with cool mornings and sun-warmed afternoons... but it is the fall that leaves me wanting. Wanting apple picking and colored leaves. Wanting the chill in the air along with the deepest blue sky. Wanting steamy cider to warm my cold hands.
This is our 14th Florida fall... and I am surprised my senses still ache for those things.
But how many times have I told myself life is what you make it?
And so I find myself creating fall. Baking apple cakes and pumpkin cupcakes... stirring up pots of chili. Sprinkling faux autumn leaves here & there, and enjoying the scent of that cinnamon broom (along with Yankee Candle's spiced pumpkin.) This year, we trekked out to the pumpkin patch early... enjoying our orange treasures for weeks instead of days before the urge for carving sets in.
So here I am... accepting this season.
Knowing that I can wish for something I cannot have, or choose to embrace what is right in front of me. And time is flying... I've given up on the chance that it will all of a sudden slow to a meander. All I have is the now. And the now... is good. Football games and Saturday band events, silk leaves and pumpkin coffee creamer, recipes from friends and cooling my warm hands on glasses of chilled apple cider.