It was November–
the month of crimson sunsets,
deep sad hymns of the sea,
passionate wind-songs in the pines…
L. M. Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables
When it comes to savoring all the colorful beauty that is Autumn, and as much as I love my home—Texas “falls” short in the Autumn department… 🍁🍂🍃
Raised in the west, I’m a girl that loves a good cold snap and a crisp breeze. Right now I’m picturing myself sitting on my pumpkined porch snacking on an apple cider donut and warming my hands with a toasty mug of hot chocolate!
(Sadly in reality it’s 85 degrees and my AC is cranked on.)
Don’t get me wrong, even though we don’t get the lovely fall weather I will totally be doing that, because there’s something about NOT having authentic Autumn that makes me-(and most other Texans I know)-go overboard for it. We embrace it wholeheartedly. Enthusiastically we bundle ourselves into sweaters and scarves, rake up our not-so-colorful leaves into piles, and invoke autumn smells through candles and pumpkin-spiced everything!
I may not be blessed to live in Autumn splendor, but there is one blessing of the season that we all share, and that’s the beauty of the Harvest Moon. The full moon occurring closest to the autumnal equinox is known as the Harvest Moon. Usually it falls in September, but this year it’s
Today-Thursday, October 5th.
Because it shines brightly, back in the days prior to electricity-farm work could continue even after the sun went down. Hence the name Harvest Moon. As daylight faded, the looming darkness didn’t stop the industrious farmer from going to work. With only the illumination of the full moon, the farmer toiled away all night in darkness—accomplishing much.
Sadly, our world has been shrouded in shadows lately.
It can be overwhelming and daunting.
But we can learn a lesson from the conscientious farmer.
Despite the darkness, it’s time to go to work.
‘Tis the season for sowers and reapers.
We can take a lesson from the moon, too.
Be a spotlight so that darkness can’t prevail.
Tonight the Harvest Moon will bestow extra light on the world.
& if there’s one thing I’m absolutely sure of…
A “ LIGHT” harvest is a bountiful one.
Oh Harvest Moon so big and bright
Watch over us this quiet night.
Art by: Mary Engelbreit & Quote by: William Cullen Bryant