Summer is beginning to give way to autumn. I feel it in the early mornings as the temperature dips into the 50’s and I see it in the sumac trees who are just beginning to blush. The kids and I made our way out to the hen house early this morning before we eagerly wandered to the apple tree. You see, she has begun dropping her apples and we have quickly fallen back into our late summer ritual of visiting her often. We decided to follow the trail a little further just to see if we could find any last blackberries. We didn’t.
With a basket full of apples, a handful of eggs, and some serious bedhead we made our way to the pond where the quiet was deep. We sat for a moment or two and I let my mind wander into next summer to the camping and paddling we hope to do on this land and in this water we are so fortunate to have use of. Silas kept us moving though, and as we made our way back to the house, I broke into an easy jog and the kids squealed with delight at the game of chase. We ran until we reached the mouth of the forest where we could feel the heat of the day settling into its place. Poppy found an apple with a snail gripping tightly to it and insisted we bring it home to place in a jar. We did, and as I write this she is clutching her snail jar with love and watching a Christmas movie (she is my daughter after all).
Might I just say, I was a skeptic of early morning magic for my whole life. I knew there had to be something to what everyone was telling me, but mornings always made me uneasy with their dark and quiet tendrils. According to Deepak and the Ayurvedic principles, the ideal time to sleep is between 10pm and 6am due to certain times of the day being ruled by specific Doshas. Since we have been waking in the dark hours to exercise and chat I find that we have fallen naturally into these productive times of sleep and movement. I feel less sluggish and more motivated to begin small projects around the house. I can often be found rearranging furniture, painting, hanging pictures, and tidying as Mike pulls out of the driveway and Silas plays quietly. Yesterday I reorganized all our books, toys and dvds and began planning some homeschooling sort of activities for fall. Last week, I painted the stairs, an old trunk and the kitchen wall and trim. Today I hope to pick some new Pinterest recipes and projects to do with the kids.
I may just be an early morning convert.
go gently + be wonderful