Fall has come and is going here in Maine. The woodpile is replenished and the smaller, house pile has been reconstituted on our front porch. Deck furniture is back in its winter home in the woods; plants are moved in or dumped into the newest raised bed as compost. The bulbs are planted in their new bed, to one side of the orchard…hyacinth, iris and tulips. We planted garlic for the first time this year and they are all warm and cozy under their blanket of leaves. The mutant pumpkin has been harvested and we are trying to figure out to do with it, given its’ indeterminate lineage. The hummingbirds are gone and the only visitors to the feeder these days are the chickadees and nuthatches. Our morning walks require winter coats and boots and bright orange outerwear. And, what to me carries the most impact, both physical and mental, is the encroaching darkness. The sun rises later and sets earlier and I am a different person because of it. My “new” life revolves around the light. I am sleepy when it is dark…don’t know if this has to do with being born and raised in the bright sun of the Southern California desert or if it is just what it is…for whatever reason, I find myself more active the more light there is outside. And here we go, moving into the season of LOTS of dark…I foresee lots of naps and early bedtimes in my future.
One new thing has my juices flowing, though, and it comes under the spirit of “fall back”. My library has an after school program and starting next week, Thursday afternoons will feature The Drama Club. Middle schoolers will be learning the theater games, movement and monologues from my teens. I started my theater career in middle school, doing a role in a local community theater production, which prompted me to take drama classes through high school, which prompted me to get my B.A. in theater, which prompted me to spend the next 30 years of my life doing community theater. Wouldn’t it be something if someone I taught used those skills to do something wonderful in life? I’m nervous, but I also can’t wait.