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Painting With Words

– by Mary May Larmoyeux

tree in fallAs I sipped a cup of coffee on our front porch this morning, I was captivated by the beauty of nature and reminded of how much I love the fall. After all, that’s when God displays one of His great masterpieces.

I love how the leaves transform into brilliant colors … deep oranges and bright yellows. And with each dropping leaf I’m reminded of not just the changing seasons, but also the changes in our own lives.

What thoughts come to your mind and heart when you think of fall? Poet William Cullen Bryant, who was born in 1794, said “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

How could you and I use personification (giving the qualities of a person to something that isn’t human) to describe something about the fall?

Here are some thoughts that come to my mind:

  • The leaves waltzed …
  • The trees waved their arms …
  • The crisp wind slapped …
  • The multi-colored hills listened as …

Now it’s your turn. Using personification, what is a description that you could give to something about the fall?

In “An Essay on an Old Subject” (written in 1866) Alexander Smith paints a beautiful picture as he compares middle age to the fall:

“I take it that middle age is a happier period than youth. In the entire circle of the year there are no days so delightful as those of a fine October, when the trees are bare to the mild heavens, and the red leaves bestrew the road, and you can feel the breath of winter morning and evening,—no days so calm, so tenderly solemn, and with such a reverent meekness in the air. The lyrical up-burst of the lark at such a time would be incongruous. The only sounds suitable to the season are the rusty caw of the homeward-sliding rook,—the creaking of the wain returning empty from the farm-yard. There is an “unrest which men miscall delight,” and of that “unrest” youth is for the most part composed. From that middle age is free. The setting suns of youth are crimson and gold; the setting suns of middle age.”

Yes, with the changing seasons, we are reminded of the changes in our own lives.

I love the fall!

The Grandparent ConnectionPhoto and post copyright © 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.

Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.

 

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