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.