The World’s on Fire

I am trying to figure something out.  Do the trees around here seem more vibrant this Fall? I am not sure if it is because of all the rain we got in the summer or the fact that my sunglasses have an orange-tinted lens but this has been one of the most beautiful foliage seasons in New England that I can remember.  I find myself saying “wow” out loud several times a day as I go about my business. I keep pointing out specific trees to my kids, “look at that one, it’s on fire!” “There’s another one!” 

But I wonder if it is something else entirely.  I wonder if having cancer has given me the ability to look around and take notice.  To appreciate those things that frankly might not be available to me at some point. I feel like I want to soak in all the reds, oranges and yellows in an attempt to truly appreciate the awesomeness of nature.  I hope so.  I hope I have been given this gift because looking up at the trees this week with the giddiness of a child, I feel lucky to be alive.

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About francesbarrie

Cancer survivor,mom,triathlete,writer,jewelry maker, baker. Staying happy and healthy,living life and enjoying it one moment at a time.
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2 Responses to The World’s on Fire

  1. Linda says:

    I think you are right about the colors. At least for certain types of trees. Brillant is what I was thinking as I was driving up to Boston on Saturday. The change isn’t in full swing on cape yet, so I’ll get to enjoy the colors for a while longer. Lucky me. Once you are back to cycling, let me know if you want to come down and do the rail trail. It’s flat but it’s a good ride, you can connect all the way to P-town from Dennis with only a short distance off the trail. You are welcome to come alone or with family (some or all) or friends. There’s an extra bedroom and plenty of floor space. Linda

  2. gina says:

    Make wings from the leaves
    Hide from the bark
    Kindling for the hair
    Rose for his heart
    Someone to draw you right
    Someone to catch the light
    I’m alive
    I’m alive

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