All of our Autumn leaves in Boulder suddenly appeared over night! It’s amazing how long it took me to notice all of the yellow on our street or the red on campus. I really, really love this time of year. It was just perfect weather outside, mid 60s and there was a light breeze. The sun was shining the way it only does in the Fall, hazy, filtered and pale gold. This day reminds me of one of my favorite poems, that I always read when I need a reminder about living life one day at a time.
“Like people or dogs, each day is unique and has its own personality quirks which can easily be seen if you look closely. But there are so few days as compared to people, not to mention dogs, that it would be surprising if a day were not a hundred times more interesting than most people. But usually they just pass, mostly unnoticed, unless they are wildly nice, like autumn ones full of red maple trees and hazy sunlight, or if they are grimly awful ones in a winter blizzard that kills the lost traveler and bunches of cattle. For some reason we like to see days pass, even though most of us claim we don’t want to reach our last one for a long time. We examine each day before us with barely a glance and say, no, this isn’t one I’ve been looking for, and wait in a bored sort of way for the next, when we are convinced, our lives will start for real. Meanwhile, this day is going by perfectly well-adjusted, as some days are, with the right amounts of sunlight and shade, and a light breeze scented with a perfume made from the mixture of fallen apples, corn stubble, dry oak leaves, and the faint odor of last night’s meandering skunk.”
It’s an a non traditional poem, but that’s why I like it so much. It’s more like a reflection, or a conversation with someone instead of a poem. There’s a lot going on around me and if I don’t stop and take a look around, life will just pass me right by.
I hope you enjoyed your day as much as I did! Be well and happy eating!