While out on my run this morning, I picked up tangible proof that my favorite time of the year is coming up fast–acorns. I like to decorate the Thanksgiving table with them & you need to pick them up before they’ve been on the ground too long. Turning up the drive with my collection stuffed in my pockets, I found the candle that I ordered from my niece’s school fundraising drive sitting by the mailbox–another reason to smile on this chilly Nashville morning. Spiced pumpkin. And just a few minutes ago, I got a call from a friend whose daughter is going for her follow-up scans tomorrow and I’m reminded again– in the most cerebral and the most heartfelt way-why I look forward to Fall more than any other season.
Fall is a time of shedding and dying off in nature– but for me, it’s renewal. Many of you know I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008 & I did chemotherapy all summer of that year. Hodgkin’s is one of those types of cancers that has a really high cure rate. It’s one they know how to beat. And my sweet doctor, the late and irreplaceable Eric Raefsky of Tennessee Oncology told me on day one, …”if you can get through the chemo, you should be just fine on the other side.” So the summer of ’08 saw me ‘getting through chemo’. What could go wrong, seemed to, but somedays I could get out & feel normal again. One August day during that time, I was in my Donelson neighborhood Kroger shopping for groceries. I picked up a carton of milk, looked at the expiration date of ‘September’ on the top and I lost it. Fell apart right there in the store. With one more chemo to go at that point, I had basically made it. It has to be how a competitive runner feels when they can actually see the finish line at the end of the grueling marathon. That date on the milk carton was my finish line and every September brings these feelings of renewal, life, rebirth.
So the Spiced Pumpkin candle is lit and filling the air here in my little office, an Autumn Vegetable Minestrone is in the slow cooker, the squirrels have a few less acorns for their stash and thankfully, my feet hit the floor this morning. Bring on Fall.