Monday, November 09, 2009

Cheating November

I don't know what kind of weather you have been experiencing, but it has been in the high 70's almost 80's around here. It is wonderful.

Yesterday, we went for a Sunday walk at a new park in town designed for joggers, walkers and bikers. The scenery is so inviting with restored farm buildings and old Pecan groves. The fall colors are glorious and we saw more than a few parties taking advantage of the vibrant color and late autumn light for those special photographs. There was the boy scout posing for professional photographers through the window of an old chicken coop. There was the family of four all dressed in fancy purple and black siting on a rock wall for a family portait. There was the mother of two young sons dressed in their Christmas clothes, she would dance to make her baby smile as Grandma snapped shots.

We walked a long way stopping only to swing on the swinging benches, making the most of a short weekend and a short day as the days are now. Sure enough, when the sun set at 5:30 or so, the temperature dropped 10 degrees and counting and our camera was at home in the camera case. I stopped for the moment, before the rush of dinner and Sunday night obligations and looked around. There was the sight of hot air balloons on the horizon and the sweet smell of burning leaves in the air and I felt as though we had cheated November, somber November. The simple gift of a lovely day spent with those we hold dear, passing, and unexpected and not captured on film. Just us. Just being together in that lovely place on a lovely day. Thank you, Lord, for setting this day apart.