Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn

As Summer fades and Autumn comes into focus…
It takes time for children to get used to wearing long sleeves and pants,
we transition to wanting warm air blow into the car instead of cold,
trade sunglasses for windbreakers, garden tools for leaf blowers,
beach toys for school books,
popsicles for pumpkin flavor everything.
Most of all
of all the summer things I’ll miss,
I mourn the loss of the magical hum of the air conditioner at bedtime.
Oh that sweet sweet white noise helps a mommy, that startles with a pin drop, sleep at night and hides the creeks in the floorboards while pitter-pattering tiptoes pass my darling toddler.
Sigh.

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Wait.. What is this season called again?

The third season of the year, the one that we are entering into today, was once only referred to as “Harvest,” to represent the time when farmers gathered their crops for the Winter.  Now we typically refer to this time of year as “Autumn” or “Fall.”

Etymologists have not precisely pinpointed where the word “Autumn” comes from, but we do know that it has been used since at least the 1300’s by Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, the man who is known as the “Father of English literature,” and is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages.  It was also used by Shakespeare in Midsummer Night’s Dream, when describing the seasons, “The spring, the summer, the childing autumn, angry winter.”

The Word “Fall” started to be used to describe this season during the 16th Century, and came from the Middle English expression “fall of the leaf,”  simply and self-explanatory describing the leaves falling from trees.

So my friends, Happy Autumn, Happy Fall, Happy Harvest, Happy Day, however you choose to call this third, my favorite, season of the year.

 

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