The Time Between Summer and Winter
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. There is something so distinct about this particular change in seasons. We wake up to crisp mornings covered in dew, don our many layers keeping in mind it will be back to 70 degrees by lunch, but cautiously remind ourselves we will need a sweater or even a wool hat again after dinner. It is easy to take those signs as winter coming and prematurely hunker down. I implore you to keep in mind; fall is the perfect time to linger in transitions.
The bustle of summer is past- where every moment in spent making plans and filling our social calendars. Winter in not yet upon us- where we stock up on books and start planning our meals around anything that is warm- soups and casseroles and wilted greens.
Fall is a time when we are practically forced to check in with ourselves. First the necessities: Do we have enough wood cut or pellets purchased? Are our oil or gas tanks filled? Did we freeze or can enough fruits and vegetables for winter? Did we save enough money working all those odd jobs?
Once our basic needs feel secure, maybe we then check in a little deeper: Do we feel connected to family and friends? Do we have a support system in place in case we hit a bump in the road? Do we feel content to move forward in our endeavors?
The next step, provided we feel comfortable we have met the needs of our families and ourselves, is to the start looking outward. Is there any way we can extend ourselves to become better neighbors and community members? Do we have the capacity to be there for someone else who could use our help?
Regardless of where we are in these stages, autumn is the perfect transition time to at least start checking in and begin finding out.
Sarah Carter is a Nutrition Educator with Maine SNAP-Ed and is based out of Healthy Oxford Hills, your local Community Health Coalition and a project of Stephens Memorial Hospital. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 739-6222.
Reprinted with the permission of the Advertiser Democrat