Jacket Weather

Well I did it. Reluctantly, mind you, but I did it. I wore a jacket this morning.

In the Spring each year I look forward to leaving my winter coat on its hanger and wearing a lightweight jacket instead. But this time of year it’s a less-than-cordial ‘hello’.
It was 50º when I was ready to leave the house this morning, so I deliberated for a bit, changed my mind a time or two, then whisked it off its hook and pulled it on. I guess it’s that time of year again.

The black walnut trees have been littering my freshly-mown lawn for a couple of weeks already; they’re the last to leaf out in the spring and the first to give up each fall. The finches and chickadees are gorging themselves at the feeders outside the dining room window in preparation for colder times. Spring flowers are long-gone and Summer flowers are calling it quits. I suppose I can wear a jacket again, hmm? It’s not that I don’t like Fall, I do. It’s just hard to say good-bye to Summer is all, and this Summer was especially pretty.

Soon the leaves will begin changing, except the black walnuts, they’ll be bare-branched long before the rest. I’m hoping this Fall will be breathtakingly beautiful since the last half of Summer brought us plenty of rainfall.  It’s easier to pull on a jacket, even a coat, when Autumn’s vibrant colors smile at you from the countryside. I love it when huge maple trees in town invite me to slow down and enjoy their canopy over the street as I drive under them. I smile when I think of the mums in the yard being the last family to leave the church of full-bloom. I guess today was the prelude to all of that. The seasons turn. They’ve taken their cue from the Creator for centuries, so my reluctance this morning probably won’t slow things any.  I suppose it’s time to say it aloud – and mean it.

Welcome, Autumn. It’s nice to see you again.

3 Replies to “Jacket Weather”

  1. Jonell

    Yes, autumn is here. Last night was cool and I too grabbed a jacket this morning. The leaves are starting to turn in Michigan too. As I drive to work and the trees that line my country route are all green except one yellow leaf or one red leaf, it makes me think the leaves are saying, “Are you ready? Autumn is just around the corner, and soon all my friends will be the same color I am!” I love to see a tree with just one or two leaves that have changed to their autumn wardrobe as well as a whole hillside dressed in autumn colors. The other cue that autumn is coming is the flights of geese flying overhead, and the sweet sound of their honking as they call to one another.

    I hope we have lots of color too! Time will tell!

    ~ Jonell

  2. Christine

    I love the fall! I love sweater weather and I love wearing jackets. (In fact… I tend to wear one all summer… as long as I can stand to have it on. I usually pull it out when I am indoors and at night.)

    I’ve been rejoicing exceedingly at the present change in weather.

    I have already been scoping out some driving routes and some places that I want to walk as soon as the leaves begin changing. It’s going to be a beautiful fall!

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