I woke up this morning to a chill in the air. To most people the change in temperature simply means it is time to dig out warmer clothes and jackets. In my past life, my daily world remained constant and only my wardrobe changed with the seasons. Living closer makes it different for me. I find myself getting caught up in the rhythm of the seasons. I feel them in a far more intimate way. My mind, body and soul are wrapped tightly with the earth.
It is Fall and I actually feel it on every level. My body knows to put on an extra layer of clothes as I head out to do my morning chores. The sun is just coming up and I can tell it is going to be a beautiful day. I know to layer because the sun will warm things up nicely. I walk right past the green house because I know it is too cold to open up the sides. There is little left in there anyway. My summer plants have been pulled and placed in the compost and the fall seedlings are just beginning to make an appearance. I will water, plant some cabbage and kale and give the plants fresh air sometime after breakfast.
I feel a tiny bit sad. The planting fields have given us just about all they will for the year. I should be happy because it means less time weeding and harvesting, but in some odd way I am mourning the death of the seeds I planted in April. The once vibrant green plants, covered with the blossoms of promise are now browning and stalky. I need to get out there to give them a proper burial by turning them under the soil.
I feel like I am a part of the land. I don’t just drive past it and exclaim its beauty. I have become a player in my ecosystem. That surprises me. I didn’t know it would feel like this. We’ve all talked about “the food chain” at one time or another, but I am starting to understand it on real terms.
I am a member of that chain….so are the chickens, the turkeys, the guineas and the crops. We are interdependent. I must do for them, regardless of the weather or my mood and they provide for me. I truly respect what each level of the chain contributes. So the Fall represents an ending for some of my cohorts and I feel it. There will be a rebirth in the Spring, but for now I will take in the feeling of autumn.