Friday, September 7, 2012
Grapes for Autumn + Falling for Hugs
It's hard to believe it's September, that Labor Day has now come and gone. Autumn will be creeping in soon. The temperature will be dropping, the leaves will be changing, and the days will be smaller, shorter. Everything seems to get smaller in the fall. After the haziness of summer, when the sky is bright blue and endless and the oppressive humidity makes everything blurry, fall brings with it a clean crisp wind that clears the air and brings everything into focus. I think it also has something to do with the angle of the light, the way the sun highlights the trees and the sides of buildings, always golden and poignant.
Fall is full of poignant moments. Maybe it's that the days are getting shorter, and subconsciously we want to make every moment significant. For me, the moments are often small: noticing a wall of morning glory covering what once was an ugly chain link fence; listening as the sounds of piano playing waft through the air shaft. The most beautiful moment to date, however, was last night, just after I gave my daughter her good night bottle, put her over my shoulder to burp her, and received the sweetest hug, her head tucked into the crook of my neck and her arms thrown around me.
It's going to be fall soon. I love the moments that season will bring.
One thing that heralds the beginning of autumn-- grapes. I'm not talking about the jumbo seedless red ones I buy year round in the supermarket, but the small, tender green and black grapes that I find now in the farmer's markets. They're twice the price as the supermarket variety, so I can't justify buying any, and I had to satisfy myself with taking pictures... and tasting one.