August 20, 2008

So Long, Summer

We're quickly approaching my favorite time of year. I seriously love the BER months.

September is full of promise. A new school year. Bouquets of sharpened pencils. New shoes. New teachers. This year, a freshly built school. Schedules resume. Corn fields are cut and cooler nights descend.

October is glorious. Scarlet leaves proclaim God's splendor. Pumpkins and mums flank entryways. Bonfires light the night and scorch my marshmallows to the perfect shade of black. Sunday afternoons curled on my favorite sofa with a mug of hot chocolate, watching football and napping. Peanuts are dug and the days grow shorter. My girl celebrates another year of life.

November speaks of gratitude. The last of the leaves show off before falling to the ground. Pumpkin pies and sweet potato casserole. We join family and friends to give thanks for health, God's provision, and each other. Harvest moons illuminate the skies. Sweaters become a wardrobe staple. The air is crisp, filled with the scent of burning leaves.

December is abuzz with excitement. Parties and pageants. Get-togethers and gifts. Trees are trimmed. Coming home to twinkling lights and a steaming bowl of soup. The Christmas Story. God come to earth. It's a Wonderful Life and Auld Lang Syne.

Summer's coming to a close. Along with it, the last of the amusement park trips, cookouts, and days of anything goes. Two more weeks. Then my love affair with Autumn starts all over again.

9 comments:

Mary said...

I'm glad there are others out there that aren't summer lovers. I've been a fall girl for years. Monday night I was wondering around in the school supplies aisle for no reason just looking at all the prettys. It's a time of new beginnings and I love it.

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

I feel exactly the same way!

And you had me with "bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils"--my favorite line from "You've Got Mail"!

Alyce said...

That was so pretty Melissa, but it does kinda make me start missing summer already..although I was glad when I saw the forcast this morning for our week..did you see it? low - mid 80s the rest of the week!!

Becoming Me said...

I love your descriptions of the months to come. Beautifully written

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I've never seen the months referred to as "bers." That made me smile. Summer is just an "er."

Jillian, Inc. said...

How beautifully written. I've never thought of them before as the "BER" months. And, I love fall, too. IT's my favorite time of year. Fall comes late here in Atlanta and it doesn't stay cool enough for my liking but I savor every moment I can.

Lisa writes... said...

Oh, our journeys are parallel yet again! I too SERIOUSLY love the "~BER" months! Fall is hands down my favorite time of year--even so, come OctoBER!!

Alana said...

You are right the "ber" months are great. I am sad to see summer go, though. Of course we all know it will be around again before we know it!

Kelly said...

I am so far behind on blog reading and just getting caught up. Had to say, I love the 'ber months, too, and in fact we have had an annual chili party Sept. 1st to kick off the 'ber months since we were married 16 years ago. Love football season and everything that follows:-)

I've never known anyone else who says "ber months"- just another reason I know we would be friends in real life. :-)