AUTUMN… what’s in a season?

The middle of September brings the first  whisper of change in the air, and days later a hint of gold begins spreading across the valley. The smell carried on the breeze voluntarily lifts my face ( like a hound dog on a moonlit night ). I know that scent; it’s one I can’t identify with words.

But my soul needs no words—it’s just Fall. Fall arrives softly, easing out the hot days of summer and staying just long enough to usher in the wonders of winter.

I wait all year for the brief flash of color, the smell of nature changing, and the raucous caws of the black crows celebrating gathering time of the peanuts and pecans. Fall is my time of the year. The change in the air renews me. It makes me want to drag on my boots and walk in the woods and explore  old barns like the one in the photo.

dsc_8045-version-2 I wonder at the stories these tumble-down structures could tell, and I try to picture when it was brand new.  I imagine the pride of the new owner…


In the photo below, the old bent tree used to have a rope swing that my children idled away happy hours on. The barn-shed, in the far back of the photo, heard its share of laughter and play during those summer visits to Me-Maw’s house. If old buildings could talk, this one could probably tell of serious conversations about crops and whispered secrets…

Do you have a favorite season of the year that speaks to you more than the others? Do you wonder why? I wonder about it every fall, but I can never put into words the way it makes me feel. I simply take pleasure in autumn’s short visit, and I give thanks that I was here to  greet her.

Till next time, Keep God in your plans, and enjoy the season! It’s Mary signing off in 🙂 🙂


8 thoughts on “AUTUMN… what’s in a season?

  1. Marsha McDonald

    Hi Mare, I just came in from a walk in the pasture with the dogs. I am seeing beginning hints of brilliant golds on the back fence line. Yes, it’s time to buy some pumpkins and gourds! Then settle down with a Pumpkin Spice Latte. ((: Such a glorious time of year. Thanks for writing your “Ramblings,” I always enjoy them so much!


  2. Jenny Sturgill

    I enjoyed your journey through the fall. I love the crisp air in the mornings, the festivals, hot lattes, and all the colorful fall foliage too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. I always enjoy your blog, so insightful and filled with God’s love.


  3. Anonymous

    I am right there with you and today is just the day you describe ! The feel, smell and cawing of the crows make me want to stay outside.But alas, I do have things to do inside. I too have enjoyed your blog today ! 🙂


  4. Anonymous

    Thanks Mary for your thoughts on fall. It is absolutely my favorite time of year! The only problem that I see in it is it is way too short! It’s cool, but not cold. Just right for a sweater or hoodie. As Nathaniel Hawthorne said in The American Notebooks,”I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” Ready for hot tea or hot chocolate? I am!🍁🍂


  5. Mary J Hicks Post author

    I agree the season is way to short! I’m a hoodie/sweater kind of girl, and I’m always ready for hot tea or coffee! 🙂

    I love the Nathaniel Hawthorne quote—I knew he was a smart man! 🙂



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