Preparing for Harvest

I know it’s still summer, but I’m already thinking about autumn. It’s my favorite season, not only because of birthdays and anniversaries but just for that beautiful, almost wistful feeling I get watching the days grow shorter and nature beginning to fall asleep.

Summer is a time of growth, and heat. But I also see it as a time of preparation. All the fiery summer festivals have an aspect of pointing to the future: St. John’s Day — making the path straight. Midsummer — a time to burn away what is unneeded and ask for abundance in the coming season. July 4th — the beginning of a new American nation. Bastille Day — a turning point in French history.

I feel that I am in a strong period of preparation in my own life. We’ll soon be buying our first house, and our finances are being radically transformed. We’re making plans to buy what we’ll need for the house, and I’m already thinking of next year’s gardening. Next week, school starts for my kids, and the week after, I return to the college classroom for the first time in 16 years.

What are you preparing for?



Filed under Deep Thoughts, holidays, life, Nature

12 responses to “Preparing for Harvest

  1. College? How fun! Will you be learning or teaching? And…what classes?

  2. Wow, what a lot of looking forward for you! I had never really thought of the fire-ry festivals in this way .. here in NZ we celebrate Guy Fawks Day (Nov 5th) and its high-spring, so a lovely time to look forward to summer, Christmas, and a New Year. But it also means staying up really late to wait for darkness when your kids go to bed at 6.30pm!

    • I thought about my southern hemisphere readers when I wrote this … there are equivalents but of course it needs reworking when the seasons are in opposition.

      There are lots of fire/light festivals in the northern autumn, too, like Divali, Hallowe’en, Guy Fawkes, etc. But the gesture there is different, to me.

  3. I’m a big autumn fan, too.

    College? Whatcha gonna study? I’m jealous. Oh well, I was in college for seven years to get my two degrees. I guess I’ve had my share.

  4. Lisa Zahn

    College? I wondered the same thing as above–to teach or learn? Have fun either way!

    I can’t wait to see photos of your new house.

  5. jumbleberryjam

    So many parallels here – the love of autumn, the many changes before us: new (but rental) house, DS starts full-time preschool, I’m back in the college classroom, too. Most of the time I embrace changes like this with wild abandon. But, this time not so much. Having a child changes things – everything. 🙂

  6. It sounds like life is really good for you right now; I’m glad. What are you studying? All you big changes sound very exciting. We’re preparing for some pretty big upcoming changes at my house as well. Have fun with those garden plans. 🙂

  7. I’m starting out simple with undergrad History 101! It’s been a long, long time since I got my BA, and I need some academic references for my goal of a master’s degree. Probably in history, but maybe something interdisciplinary so I can indulge my interest in art history too.

  8. Wow! Your first house! congratulations. It is a wonderful thing, having a house that you own. It is a huge responsibility, but it is so cool to be able to hang a picture and not think about what the landlord will think of the hole in the wall.

    I really love that photo of St. John’s Wort.

  9. Alida

    So wonderful everything that’s happening in your life. Doesn’t it seem to come in spurts? Maybe not much going on and then all of a sudden it seems to come together at the same time.

    I wish you the best in your new home and in the school year for you and your kiddies.

  10. A wonderful sleep deprivation experiment, that’s what.

  11. Cool — a new house and preparing for an MA! Exciting times, I’m sure. Me, I’m preparing for my research project and sabbatical semester (starting in January). I’m moving out from my comfort area of German politics to trying to understand the overall cultural conditions that give rise to American/Western militarism and the materialist hyper consumerism that gives rise to this current crisis. Tonight I’m going to see Chris Hedges speak, someone whose writing has been inspirational in helping me focus on this new project. I also have classes to teach, starting in two weeks. I always love the start of a new semester!

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