Fall Season With Younger Kids
When the Brody Bunch was younger, Fall signified pumpkin patches, jumping in leaves and slow walks picking up acorns. Traditions are now memories that I try to keep going each Autumn, albeit watered down. As Autumn seems to arrive faster and faster each year, I try to schedule all of my favorite Fall pastimes, which now all happens the Saturday or Sunday just before Halloween. As the leaves change, my heart yearns for pumpkin patches, acorn finds, but not so much raking.
Fall Season With Older Kids, Life is Moving Fast
The weather is getting chilly. The Brody Bunch is super busy. Weekends are not our own. We are on this incredible hamster wheel: homework projects, multiple sport tournaments, baseline goals of having clean underwear for the week, grocery shopping, paying bills and aging grandparents. The aging grandparents part is new because the “sandwich generation” is kicking into full speed for me. There have been highs and lows, but mostly highs. I love the time I am spending with my Mom and the harder and life lessons conversations with my Dad. The kids spend even more time with grandparents visiting and being shuttled to extra curricular activities. We all need more help and everyone is pitching in. And, everything seems to be pumpkin spiced. I never liked pumpkin spiced anything, I know that is considered blasphemy to some.
I loved the times at the pumpkin patches and being in awe by the changing colors seen in nature. As the kids get older, I am getting older, too. The seasons seem to change more rapidly and the memories seem so long ago. We are at the point where the Brody Bunch can use knives to carve their own pumpkins and a landscaping company blows the leaves. When the Brody Bunch was little, I thought those were really hard days. Imagine being in pumpkin patch with 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds and being hopeful that we could round up all of the kids and their pumpkins before the last tractor hay ride headed back to the parking lot, also known as civilization.
“Puff the Magic Dragon” Syndrome
The changing of the seasons and how we mark time reminds me of Mary, Peter and Paul’s classic song, “Puff the Magic Dragon”. This song is about a little boy, Jackie Paper, who had a great imagination and believed in the pretend Magic Dragon named Puff. One day, Jackie made way for other things, and Jackie moved beyond Puff. This lyric sums it up:
“A dragon lives forever but not so little boys/Painted wings and giant rings make way for other toys/One grey night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more/And Puff that mighty dragon, he ceased his fearless roar!”
Believing in the Magic of Fall, Make it Happen, Again
The memorable magic of Autumn has shifted because we have made way for other things. The Brody Bunch is Jackie Paper. And, I still want the Brody Bunch to hold onto the magical moments before growing up. I am hopeful that as the seasons change, that the Brody Bunch still finds time as a whole Bunch to explore a pumpkin patch, look for changing colored leaves and collect acorns throughout the season. We may even stop on the way home for a pumpkin spiced latte and sing “Puff the Magic Dragon”.
Nature, love, memories, tradition, aging, and pumpkin spice and everything nice.