There are a multitude of holidays to consider and plan for. Cooler weather is re-energizing me, and all the people around me are engaged in various activities. I walked to church this morning feeling the cooler breeze and noting the shorter days. There is so much to enjoy and anticipate in autumn. But this autumn is different.
The summer was so hot and dry many trees are dead or in shock. They have lost their leaves without any autumn splash. Pastures are empty because farmers could not feed stock and sold them instead. No rolls of hay grace the meadows because no rain fell. Creeks and rivers are slow flowing and muddy with dry banks and desolate islands. Lakes have dried up and fishermen can't get a boat in the water at the dock.
I look for autumn rains. I pray for autumn rains. I think of the beauty of Robert Frost's "dark days of autumn rain" with nostalgia. Even people who do not love a rainy day would welcome one now. The cold splatter on the pavement, the dreary sky, the hunched and hurrying shoppers are sights I value and yearn to see again.
I miss the rain. I know I am a nicer person when it rains. I have confidence it will rain again. I hope it is soon.