Dear Fall,

Dear Fall,

I'm so excited to see you again.

I love the transition between seasons. What I think I'm really in love with is possibility.

Each season presents a new possibility; a new chance for something wonderful, magical, for growth and understanding.

I want to bottle it all up.

I've been saying hello to football and crisp apples (nothing compares) and pumpkins and parties and cooking (I come to love it again every fall) and travel (international travel tends to happen for me in the fall) and tall brown boots.

Be gentle on us, dear Fall, most especially Simon, as he re-adjusts to school and expectations and maneuvers through this world that doesn't always make sense.

Love, Ali

31 thoughts

  1. Lisa W.

    2012-09-18 09:15:12 -0400

    May Fall bring all your wishes and dreams true:) LOVE to decorate for fall, love the nice days and crisp evenings!

  2. Toni From

    2012-09-18 09:36:56 -0400

    Oh how I miss crisp Washington apples in the fall...North Carolina apples are mushy and gross, but luckily I found a Whole Foods that carries organic Washington apples (kind of defeats the point of shopping locally, but for apples, I will make the ultimate sacrifice, LOL.)

  3. Nicky from Okotoks

    2012-09-18 09:40:50 -0400

    Love fall - love the changes that it brings, but miss summer slowly going away. Thinking of Simon as he transitions. We deal with the same thing with our boy also - Being 10 with Autism, even though high functioning always brings new adventures - most good, but some a little challenging. Saying extra prayers.

  4. Tracey Holdyk

    2012-09-18 10:01:26 -0400

    I totally loved reading these words. Here in Perth, Western Australia our days are getting warmer and feeling the warmth in the air makes me feel alive. I am sending extra prayers for Simon.

  5. Danielle

    2012-09-18 10:14:00 -0400

    Fall is my fav season too & my OLW is possibility!

  6. Paulette

    2012-09-18 10:27:15 -0400 used to be my favouite time of year...until I married an apple farmer! (winkwink) The apples here are especially good this year Ali, you should travel here some fall :o) Thanks for sharing.

  7. Betsy Diggs

    2012-09-18 10:32:10 -0400

    Wishing for fall as well. Thinking of your family as you make new transitions in your life, especially Simon. Hopefully each new obstacle for Simon will be easily navigated by all of you.

  8. Paula

    2012-09-18 11:11:36 -0400

    Love your letter. Praying for Simon to "just keep swimming" and for everyone outside of your home to appreciate him just the way he is.

  9. M

    2012-09-18 11:42:39 -0400

    Is Simon in 5th now? Is that the last year before changing to middle school, so that he is still mainly in one classroom? I think those years from 5th - 8th grade are the toughest on kids in general. So many different levels of maturity, both physical and social, and so many changes going on inside of each kid No doubt it will be challenging. Simon is so lucky to have such wonderful support from you.

  10. Amy

    2012-09-18 11:55:57 -0400

    I love Fall! I do believe it is my favorite time of year. But like you, I always seem to enjoy each season as it changes. Even Winter (yes, even though I know it will bring snow for us...sometimes lots). LOL! Hope you & your family have a wonderful season.

  11. Jakki

    2012-09-18 12:00:38 -0400

    I LOVE fall... I had to do my own homage to it myself LOL....

    Happy Fall!

  12. Suz

    2012-09-18 12:01:45 -0400

    Hello fall indeed! We finally got some much needed rain here and the grass is now back to its lovely lush color instead a form of brittle straw. I hope Simon begins to adjust and that his world begins to form a pattern again that he can comprehend and assimilate.
    Take care you! Enjoy Ireland! How exceptionally fun! Looking forward to your pics and posts regarding it.

  13. dawn

    2012-09-18 12:26:37 -0400

    I've been saying hello to FALL also, pumpkins from our garden, leaves, apple orchard and warm cider. This is my favorite season of all. Sending hugs and prayers for Simon and easier days ahead. My Sam is adjusting to 5th grade and the independence they are striving for this year. Enjoy all the possibilities for you this fall Ali, happy for you!! I love your tall brown boots.

  14. krugthethinker

    2012-09-18 12:56:47 -0400

    This is so beautifully said, Ali. Fall is my favorite season too, and I am also besotted with possibilities! It is still really hot in southern California, but I know those cool breezes and gorgeous leaves are coming.

  15. susan garner

    2012-09-18 14:25:51 -0400

    Why is it I get tongue tied and your words just flow like a mountain spring. ! I want to be an Ali Edwards one day.

  16. Susanne

    2012-09-18 15:31:06 -0400

    Be gentle on us, dear fall - I wish the same for all of us and you.
    Thanks for these beautiful thoughts!

  17. Liz

    2012-09-18 16:48:06 -0400

    I'm looking forard to Autumn here in the UK too... I adore the colours as the leaves change... oh and spiced pumpkin soup :) I'm sure Simon will be just fine - especially with such a wonderful Mom as you!

  18. Janet White

    2012-09-18 18:53:25 -0400

    Thanks for this - love your perspective and how it helps me embrace the heart of fall we're in here out in Colorado just a bit more fully.

  19. Lori

    2012-09-18 19:03:58 -0400

    Yes and Amen! Love this. Hugs to each of you!

  20. Marilyn

    2012-09-18 21:01:55 -0400

    I think I have just discovered my one little word for next year, 'possibilities'.

    I love fall as well, it is my favorite season of the year. Here in the midwest fall is short-lived so we have to cherish each and every day. Our daytime temps are hovering around 72 degrees - perfect weather!

    Savor the moment.

  21. Christine

    2012-09-18 21:20:11 -0400

    I love Fall but I love Summer more. We are having unusal 80 degree plus weather so it does not feel like Fall is just around the corner here in Puget Sound. Oh yah, 50 some days since any measurable rainfall.

  22. kate adderley

    2012-09-19 01:49:48 -0400

    Hi Ali, your words are beautiful, you write so well and always from the heart and thats what we love about you.......cheers kate

  23. Courtney

    2012-09-19 21:29:20 -0400

    I completely agree!! Fall is my favorite time of the year!! I am seeing the leaves falling which gets me into the season!!

  24. Amanda

    2012-09-19 21:35:28 -0400

    I wish I could hit a "like" button...

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