This is Fall

The cool air is soothing, like menthol in my lungs. A gentle haze clings to the road, and my neighborhood appears suspended in smoke.

This is fall.

It is my favorite season, a time to roast marshmallows, carve toothy pumpkins and relish the change of season. The sun, like a queen adjusting her crown, dims her hot rays so that only a shimmer remains.

Summer takes a bow.

This season has brought many changes for me. I turned 40 and instantly shriveled and went gray (kidding). I got engaged to the best man I know — a guy who has never needed a reminder to take out the garbage, write me a cute love note or kiss my forehead before leaving. Last week, we bought a new house — the perfect little nest where we will unpack before Christmas, let our spoiled dog romp in the yard, and rip open a bag of chocolate covered almonds while snuggling in front of the television.

Life is better than good right now. As Forrest Gump’s mother suggested, life is like a box of chocolates, and I just scored the caramel nut chew.

I used to believe that everything happens for a reason. But the hard hand of heartache and loss has brought me a better philosophy: life just is. I take it as it comes and do my best to speak less, listen more, love without question. I remember that, good, bad or somewhere in between, every season is bound to shift. That thought makes this moment a little sweeter.  

Here’s to an amazing season of change — of wonderful, welcome change. 

Raise a roasted marshmallow, friends.

  • Bren Lee
    November 9, 2017

    Oh, Rica! I’m sooooo happy for you and congrats on the new house! You deserve a great man and a happy life so kick ass and make things happen!

    Miss your posts, girly, but hey……I know what a good man and love can do to ya!

    Wishing you both much love and happiness! xox


    • Rica Lewis
      November 10, 2017

      Thanks for all the love, Bren! I wish you the best. 🙂

  • Ellen
    November 13, 2017

    “Life just is” —> love this. Initially it sounds sad but then you realize it’s actually the opposite. 😊
    Congrats on finding all the happy bits. 🎉💖

    • Rica Lewis
      November 17, 2017

      Thanks Ellen! I wish you many happy bits as well. 🙂

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