Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Autumn Feels Good

After a decade away from the Midwest, there are so many pleasures I had forgotten about. Autumn is really a time of spectacular beauty, and if things are going well for you, it can be full of feelings of contentment, excitement and just plain happiness. As a kid I remember the promise of the new school year, before everything gets messed up. Now, I'm just reveling in my little family and upcoming holidays, the weather and my great Chicago neighborhood.

Autumn is famous for the bittersweet, what with all these dying leaves and the disappearance of the ice cream man. But I'm also exeriencing flashes of undiluted joy. Hormonal? Maybe. Yesterday I was pushing Nutmeg's stroller toward the park. We were crunching over leaves on the sidewalk, the sun was brilliant, and just as we passed a church, the carrillon began to play to tell the world that it's 12 noon. Nutmeg was grinning her head off because I had just poured some whole wheat Goldfish onto her tray.

Today, it happened when I pulled up at our local farmer's market to pick up my husband and daughter. They were in the midst of picking out some flowers for me. Epu had just taken Nutmeg to her Tuesday morning class, and I had just toured a neighborhood school that I found quite impressive.

It's supposed to freeze for the first time this week. The cooling weather and my growing pregnancy have driven me to stock our cupboards and freezer to bursting. I know that this first winter back won't be easy for us, especially once I have a tiny newborn to care for. But at the moment I feel full of optimism and ready to take on the storms. Bring it. (But first, let us enjoy 10 days of hopefully sunny weather on our San Francisco vacation next week.)


Notta Wallflower said...

I'll especially be crossing my fingers for sunny weather here for your stay, but for a bit more selfish of reasons. :-P

Carrie said...

LOL. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your day especially. Although you know -- I heard at the last wedding we went to that if it rains on your wedding day, you will have lots of children.

Notta Wallflower said...

Ack! There is no correct way to respond to that. H read this with me and had quite a laugh.

Bert said...

Aw. Such great sentiments. I was just in Madison over the weekend, feeling a lot of the same things (minus the pregnancy, of course). Nostalgia and melancholy mix so nicely with bliss and contentment. :)