I came home and browsed on Facebook to find a photograph of a ripe red apple still hanging from the tree surrounded by a winter wonderland in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. I feel like that apple. I still want to cling to the tree and hang on to autumn. I'm not ready for the fierce winter winds, the frigid temperatures, the icy roads.
I want autumn to last forever. I want to enjoy the coloured leaves on the trees, the flocks of birds soaring through the clear blue sky as they fly south, the gold chrysanthemums in the garden. I want to rake leaves and bake pumpkin Bundt cake and watch the harvest moon rise over the horizon. I want to enjoy the stillness of the season.
As the ripe red apple still clings to the tree, snowflakes fall. Farewell to autumn.