Every year something special happens in September and most of us don’t even notice. It’s called the Autumnal Equinox, which mean the equator has exactly twelve hours of light and twelve hours of darkness. It’s the Earth’s way of saying “We’ve had a nice hot summer, now let’s balance that with cool colorful fall.”
The equinox used to be a big deal, sparkling rituals and festivals of harvest and gratitude. These days we tell our time by cell phones nestled in our pockets rather than watching the sun lazily arch across the sky. It’s unlikely the Autumnal Equinox makes the cut for an alarm signaling a proper holiday (read as “purchase required”).
I think that’s the charm of this humble celebration. It requires nothing more than gratitude. We gather in our harvest, whether it be a literal harvest of fruits and vegetables, or a more metaphoric one of family and blessings, and send up a quiet “thank you”. The earth has once again provided all that is necessary for health and nourishment. All we add is a bit of love, a thankful heart and if we’re lucky, a dose of laughter.
Here At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast we find ourselves grateful for the rain that cause our lovely plants to stretch up and bloom and the guests that chose to spend the night here trusting us to tend to and care about the little things for them just for a time.
Our harvest is plentiful, full of juicy memories, small slices of pain balanced with extra helpings of joy and we are grateful.
By Abigail Batton
Patti and Gary Wiles