“Welcome Fall” I thought to myself on Saturday as it was the day before the first day of Autumn. Just then I heard a loud thump-thump behind me. Outside on the deck my husband had just unceremoniously plopped down this year’s pumpkin harvest—5 pumpkins. I don’t think his harvest has ever been that small but this year’s growing season was hot and not so kind to the pumpkins. In fact we lost a few plants—something that rarely happens.
Some years the harvest is so large that we invite the neighborhood children in to pick out a pumpkin—other years—and they are rare—the harvest is few and just enough to share with our family of five. Although the harvest is small, I feel particularly blessed as this year’s harvest yield represents family to me. I couldn’t help but think though that there was a part of the family that was missing as I did have a miscarriage between my second and third child.
Sure enough didn’t my husband find another pumpkin in the patch as he was clearing the garden for a total of 6 pumpkins–5 pumpkins with stems and 1 without. I don’t believe it is a coincidence that this year’s pumpkin harvest represents my family in whole encompassing all the generation. Every part of our lives creates ties of bonding within a family. It is with this in mind that I launch this blog “All Things Harvest” as a place to talk about and celebrate the seasons and their traditions–especially those that bind us to the land and to the family. A place to cultivate the harvests of our lives.
What are your favorite fall activities? Does your family have a fall tradition? Please let me know as I will be putting together a list of ideas for families to celebrate the fall with. Perhaps your tradition can help build another family’s tradition!