4 Things That Make Me Cry In Autumn

Many people I know say that autumn is their favorite season. Well, there are 4 things about every autumn that make me cry.

1) I miss the colors of New England!

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I’ve spend the past 30 years living away from my beloved New England and I miss it so much. Autumn’s colors are more spectacular there than anywhere else. West Virginia had beautiful scenery and colors and come the closest to New England. But in New England you can spend each week-end driving to a different state on a fall foliage tour and never be disappointed!

2) I miss the smell of New England!

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I know, sounds weird, right? But here, all I get to smell is factory (even though our mill has been closed for years, the odor of it seems to hang in the air) mixed with manure. Not a lot to inspire the olfactory system! In New England, there is a crisp, bright, clean air smell. Add to that the smell of fireplaces and apples and cooking and the mixture is intoxicating!

3) I miss the tastes of New England!

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  • apples fresh off the tree (yes, we have them here, but the taste is a bit flatter than New England apples)
  • doughboys (we call them Indian Fry bread here)
  • clam cakes
  • coffee milk
  • Del’s lemonade (even thought it is probably closed for the winter)

4) I miss the sea of New England!

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Well, I haven’t lived near the sea in 30 years and every once is a while I SNAP because of longing! The rush of the waves, the power of the sound, the smell of the salt and sand, the lonliness of the empty beach, the beauty of the crags and caves, the quaintness of the tiny villages along the coast. All these things, and more, fill my heart with anguish at the loss of them.

Then I realize that these longings of my heart are really just a shadow of the REALITY of Glory! Will there be coffee milk and clam cakes in heaven? Well, I’m not sure…but the joy they give to me certainly will be!

So, I continue to live on the prairie and CHOOSE joy…even on these days when autumn makes me cry.

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  1. Oh Kate… I think we must be kindred spirits! Except for the location, I could have written that list. I’m thankful this weekend for living where the leaves do change to those amazing colours! If I could ship them to you I would!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Thanks, Katharine! I’m in IL and we do have changing colors, but not nearly as beautiful as in New England and it is such a short period of time! Thanks for the lovely thoughts, sis!!

  3. I understand your longings. I didn’t grow up in California, but lived there for 13 years. I moved away 14 years ago, but still feel a longing for the ocean and sunshine, the foliage and friends. I am thankful that the Lord has put me in a pleasant place and know that in the context of eternity, I’ll only be here on earth a little bit longer.

    • Elizabeth you are so right. And isn’t there just something COMPELLING about the sea? Thanks for sharing.

  4. OH, the longings of our hearts! i hear you. There truly are no fall colors like those of New England; and while i have only visited; i understand. i miss the smell of the beach and ocean and the Spanish moss and flowers and magnolia blossoms of my Beautiful Beaufort, (SC) by the Sea! Not to mention the friends and the church there. But, as you indicated; these are but a shadow of the real glory of God. By the way, as one who is also ‘decoratively challenged’….i think you have done a lovely job of decorating your home! 🙂 Miss you Sister!

    • Oh honey…don’t give me another reason to cry for another PERSON I’m missing!!! Love you, darling!! (and thanks for the encouragement on the decorating!)


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