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Random Act of Metaphor: Thanksgiving Gift of Indian Summer

October 8th, 2011 by Michael Dyet

The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled. ~ Henry Adams, American Journalist, Historian and Novelist

Hmmm, how shall I spend these few days of leisure in the mellow days of mid October in the season of Thanksgiving?

I am officially on vacation for the next week as I use up the last of my treasured and hard earned vacation days for this year. Time to take a long, slow breath, exhale and shed the scaly layer of stress that always accompanies the last day of work. Racing to the wire to leave things shipshape so I don’t burden my coworkers with too many “hand-off” projects.

A promising start. Autumn has unfurled in affectionate shades of yellow, amber and rust with occasional bold splashes of red. Not a cloud to be seen in the pastel blue sky. Just the slightest of breezes nuzzling the blushing leaves which are disinclined to fall just yet.

And yes, I will venture forth into the fields, marshes and meadows to admire and conspire with the birds that yet remain. Some have already vacated these parts, but thankfully many dally still. They are coaxed into lingering, as I am tempted into wondering, by this…

Thanksgiving gift of Indian Summer – a random act of metaphor:

For the gratitude we owe for all we have, For the bittersweet remembrance of what has slipped through our failing grasp, For the necessity to embrace what the moment offers. For we know not what tomorrow holds nor do we dare to wonder.

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