October offers the perfect space to glean one of the best benefits of living in West Michigan. The entire month seems draped in rich hues, akin to that golden hour in photography when the topaz hues and glistening sunbeams seem to radiate glitter along the power lines. The bold sun appears extra bright and overjoyed to shine for the few hours it is allowed from day to day.
As we begin the countdown to winter, October’s longer nights and cooler days provide the perfect ingredients for nesting. Preparing for the cold months ahead, we harvest wood for the fireplace, warm blankets, and cozy slippers, and soups line the pantry shelves while the moon hangs low and fat over fields of unharvested pumpkins.
We celebrate autumn in our homes in ways other seasons are not. Fall permeates every aspect of a home, from bedding to meals to wardrobe and our candle’s scent. It all bends toward plush, restful, safe, and snug.
As we prepare our farewell to daylight savings time, we grasp every moment of light October offers; we prance along the corn maze, trying to find our way. Nature is a brilliant teacher; October’s lessons are life-giving and gracious. All one needs to do is look to the plant and animal world to grasp the importance of autumn.
Bears increase their calorie intake in preparation for the long nap ahead. Squirrels run to and fro, stockpiling months of nourishment, and Great Lakes fish dive deeper, while the broad spectrum is there all along, only when the trees begin their season of rest can we see their true colors and personality.
Bask in the tranquil and restful state of fall and embrace the bewitching colors that whisper comfort and security.
A sense of calm holds you when cradling a cup of warm cider or your favorite pumpkin spice beverage; allow it. Slowing down takes work; in our busy world, October gets on one knee and proposes rest and renewal in all its natural perfection.