Autumn and Traditions
Earlier this week, we had a day where the sun never really came out. By evening when we went out for a walk, I dare say it was downright comfortable outside! For a moment, I honestly could have believed that it was fall on Guam. It was lovely.
The unfortunate reality is, however, that it’s not going to feel like autumn as a I remember and cherish it. That’s just the way it goes a mere 13 degrees north of the equator. For now I have to settle for making it feel, and smell, and look like fall inside the house.
We started today. I dressed both myself and Annabelle appropriately for the occasion and we took out the fall decorations. We have only a few things, but I take such comfort in the familiar things that I associate with the season.
One of the things I really want for our family, at least as long as our children are young, is for us to take the time to appreciate and enjoy the natural rhythm of life – the beauty of changing leaves, the seemingly magical blankets of snow that appear on winter mornings, the first signs of spring… These are the things that are there, no matter what else happens, and to me there’s something comforting about highlighting and celebrating them with simple traditions like baking pumpkin bread and putting out orange kitchen towels instead of any old color. They’re silly things, but I so enjoy them.
In this first year of Annabelle’s life, the traditions are less important, since they won’t likely stick in her memory anyway, but I’m enjoying the firsts. Being single and living alone for several years, I didn’t keep many traditions going, so I’m enjoying this chance to revisit traditions from my past and establish new ones that will be unique to us.
I would love it if you would share some of the traditions that are most dear to you and your children. If you don’t have children, tell us about a tradition or traditions that you remember from your own childhood.