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Fall fever is on the way


By Glen Liford, Editor 8/29/2018

 

Colorful pumpkins and gourds are welcoming fixtures at farmers’ markets throughout the fall.
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Fall is my favorite time of year. Many folks speak of spring fever. But for me, my weakness has always been the fall version of the affliction. Many of the symptoms are the same. But my fall fever seems to last longer and take a more serious hold. Though the fall equinox will not arrive until Saturday, Sept. 22, my malady will be kicking in soon.

I begin to get excited in late August when I first see the purple blooms of iron weed dotting the fields along the roadside. It’s the first sign that those crisp, cool days are not far away. I look forward to those pleasant, sunny fall days and the enticingly cool nights. They’re the perfect setting for a relaxing fire in the back yard, roasting hot dogs, and toasting marshmallows. It just doesn’t get any better.

I love the amazing colors as the trees transition from hues of green to yellow, gold, red, and orange, until finally all that’s left is stark, empty branches against a gray winter sky. There’s just something about a chilly morning on the heels of the humid heat of summer that makes me want to get outside and enjoy the clear air.

One of the poems I had to memorize in Miss Eileen Monroe’s sophomore English class in high school was “October’s Bright Blue Weather,” by Helen Hunt Jackson. Ever since hearing that poem, my mind goes back to it when the October sky takes on that distinctive look. My mood soars when I begin to see that brilliant blue sky with those fluffy white clouds that the poem speaks of. Although the remaining words to that poem are long forgotten, I can’t look up at an October sky without remembering that title.

Nowadays, fall is a busy time. Harvest is hectic for the farmer, whether row crops, vegetables, or cotton, and The Cooperator staff is usually out gathering photographs and stories from this important time of year and preparing for Co-op’s annual meeting held in November. But I always squeeze out time to enjoy some of the fall festivals and events that have become a tradition for my wife and me over the years. We always make the Erwin Apple Festival in early October, and the Clinton Antique Festival when we can. Those leisurely events are a great way to spend an autumn day.

Some folks say they dread fall because it looks so dreary and lonesome as the leaves begin to give up their hold on the trees and cover the ground. It’s undeniable that the cold, short days of winter are right around the corner. I guess it does get melancholy for some. I know those weeks of rain that sometimes set in can get a bit lonely.

Each change of season, however, becomes more precious with each passing year, and I view these transitions that make up a life as a blessing indeed. Each fleeting season offers its own gifts. I try not to take any for granted.                 

 
 
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