I closed the door behind me and with it the toasty comfort and wafting aroma of brewing coffee. Turning to Jenni who was dancing at the gate, fall’s early morning rigor prompted my quick donning of gloves. Carefully stepping down the frosted front stairs I blew into the air looking for the smoking gun, the evidence I’d need to herald to the neighborhood (like Paul Revere) the Winter is coming! The Winter is coming! Though I studied the air carefully as though I was looking for fingerprints, nary a puff appeared; no telltale sign besides my goose-flesh. Fall‘s playing cat and mouse with us, I told Jenni as I turned the gates lever and she bolted out like a favored gelding at a horse race.
We’d gotten an early start today, earlier than normal. Jenni was up and out of bed at half past five and though I pleaded for patience, her answer was determined and direct: any limb (or part of limb) which had poked out during the night like Punxsutawney Phil or General Beauregard Lee was suddenly startled by a dogged lapping of tongue as though the targeted extremity was a popsicle on the hottest dog-days of summer. Heavy-lidded doziness and a ten thousand duck down comforter can be very seductive, but what’s really arousing is the cold and wet dogma of the persuasive lap-ping dog which highlighted my dog-eat-dog world.
Jenni’s quite content cavorting in Fall’s early morning chills. I’ve donned thin gloves but toughed it out and left the toque at home. There’s a certain sadness during fall; like knowing the fireworks-like trees will soon be bones unable to produce shade; the morning chill creeps longer into the morning like the warned child near the cookie jar; leaves once an inferno, crackling like dry wood now slimy and slippery and stick together like wet newspaper. Fall is falling; it’s falling leaves and falling temperatures and falling daylight.
But to Jenni, there’s never been a better, brighter or brisk beginning.
- The More Accurate Southern Groundhog (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- The Beauty of Fall! (wasialife.com)