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what is a perfect fall day?

November 3, 2013









just what is it that makes a single fall day stand apart from the others,

that etches it into the memory in such a way that in years to come

it will be recalled as an ideal fall day,

the one against which all others are measured?

for me, it is warm sunshine after a spell of cold, wet weather that speaks

of the winter to come;

it is sunshine warm enough to need no coat

when setting out on the longest walk yet since the accident,

a real, true walk with no walker or crutches,

along the ditches and out around the fields behind our property;

it is the last blaze of color before leaves give in to the pull of gravity

and fall to return to the earth as topsoil;

it is sunlight falling at unmistakeable angles,

sending shadows long and leaning northward;

it is isolated clouds in pure forms,

floating in a sea of deep blue;

it is clear, crisp air to fill the lungs,

invigorating and energizing;

it is heightened awareness that makes the landscape

so incredibly beautiful that it brings tears to the eyes;

it is a touching moment when the husband

runs to the end of the arena to let the horses into the turnout,

and you watch as all seven horses break into a run behind him;

it is a moment of peace when you know

that this is what happiness is,

and that life is so good;

and finally, the sun hits that one tree just so

before making its descent behind the mountains…

today i believe we nailed it.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 3, 2013 2:40 am

    yes, today you nailed it.


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 3, 2013 2:54 am

      we sure did.
      and i am so grateful!

  2. November 3, 2013 3:19 am

    You sound so happy and grateful. And your photos do show a perfect fall day. 🙂

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 3, 2013 3:34 am

      thanks, diana!
      it was a beauty!

  3. Brandi permalink
    November 3, 2013 1:17 pm

    No walker! No crutches! Helps make that gorgeous day a touch more peachy.
    Such heart felt, grateful prose. This felt good to read.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      November 3, 2013 3:34 pm

      healing is a beautiful thing! yesterday felt good to live and, in turn, good to write about. today is shaping up to be another gorgeous one, so we’ll probably be picking up our hay as the neighbor bales it.

      p.s. this means I drive while the others stack on the trailer…

      • Brandi permalink
        November 3, 2013 3:39 pm

        Make sure they stack ’em straight! What good’s being the driver if you can’t give the stackers a bit of grief!?

  4. Mary Harte permalink
    November 4, 2013 1:57 pm

    Love it!

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