Saturday, September 26, 2015
Scarves and changes
It might not feel very fall-like as I write this, on a brilliant late September day, but I am feeling that seasonal change. Juliette had to memorize a poem at school (so many poems!) and it sums up the change and emotions that go with it quite well. As I helped her learn it, I now know it, too!
Un champignon et trois marrons
Sont venus en délégation
Accompagnés de feuilles mortes
Ils ont frappés à ma porte.
"Avis à la population!
Aujourd'hui, changement de saison.
Mettez les vacances au placard
Voici l'automne et le brouillard."
A mushroom and three chestnuts
Came in a delegation
Accompanied by dead leaves
They knocked at my door.
"Notice to the population!
Today the seasons change
Put your holidays in the closet
Here is autumn and the fog."
Ok, slightly less poetic when translated, but it does feel like we're turning a page. Vacation memories are farther back in our mind. School is back in swing, work routines settling in. Days are still long but we feel them creeping in on us in the morning and evening now, condensing time. As my mom said, this season seems to bring out emotions and melancholy like no others.
Does it mirror our own fear of ageing, I wonder? Now is the autumn of our lives. Sometimes I feel I am in that season now. (Coincidentally, I am an "autumn", in the color scheme and feel my warmest and coziest in those colors.) The end of the year is coming soon, and I wonder if I've done all I wanted this time around.
And so we feel like hunkering down, storing our nuts and settling in for a long autumn's nap. We can do that in autumn, right? I am not quite ready for the glittery lights of the holiday seasons, but Halloween and a walk in crunchy leaves are coming soon, so I better get used to it. And I won't forget my scarf.
What emotions does autumn evoke in you?