The Loveliest Smile

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” 

 – William Cullen Bryant 

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Why I chose this quote

I usually try to be positive. Lately, that’s been tough. Covid is currently doing its gazillionth lap of my son’s school. The Ukraine war continues with no end in sight. Energy prices are now so high I’m considering going unwashed to save on heating water. The UK’s fracking ban has been overturned and our nation is increasing investment in nuclear power. Oh, and our currency has been devalued to the point I can no longer buy anything imported. Which, despite Brexit, is still practically everything. I can’t even think about all the brutality and devastation happening elsewhere in the world right now.

Just getting out of bed each day is becoming more and more challenging. Finishing the book I’ve been writing (for over a year now) seems like a gargantuan task. Often more so than it did when I started it. Fortunately, there are still a few things to be grateful for.

Getting out of bed on cold mornings comes with the silver lining of glowing autumn sunrises that take my breath away. Forcing myself outside for a lunchtime walk is rewarded by a kaleidoscope of autumn colours, that warm my soul. A glance out of the window may find a squirrel, eating rose-hips, oblivious to the concerns of humans.

And there’s nothing better than a dark autumn night, replete with howling winds, for reading a good murder mystery. With a cup of tea and a blanket, of course.

What this quote means to me

For me, this quote is a reminder that things come and go. Some of the worst things eventually become memories. Some of the best things come back to us, again and again. Like the year’s last, loveliest smile. I reckon that’s worth getting out of bed for.

Is it autumn where you live? What do you love about the current season? Uplifting imagery and smiles of all kinds welcome!

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