Nothing gold can stay

October 10, 2010

Nature’s first green is gold,
her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower,
but only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
so Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day,
nothing gold can stay.

I’ve had this Robert Frost poem memorized since I was in high school. Ah, if only fall could last forever; it’s such a fleeting time of year, in the process of ending before it even begins.

Yesterday was one of those perfect fall days. Woke up to another day of sunny, unseasonably warm weather (and it’s supposed to stay nice all this week, too!). My husband and I took Little Guy out for muffins and lattes, then to the farmer’s market (mmm, pumpkin butter…), and then headed out on our first annual family trip to the corn maze.

(yeah, not the most flattering picture)

We spent the afternoon walking through the corn and hay mazes, surrounded by the laughter of children. Big Guy’s strategy actually worked, and we hit every checkpoint with ease. We picked out pumpkins. Breathed in the crisp fall air and enjoyed the fall colors on the long drive. I look forward to future years, when our son can help us through the maze, pick out a pumpkin, nervously pet the goats, share in the laughter as he plays with other kids, and point in wonderment at scarecrows while apple cider drips from his lips.

Little Guy… my “gold” that cannot stay. What will he be like next fall? And the one after that? It’s going by so fast. This baby phase is about as fleeting as fall.

I came home and took my dogs for a walk. Well, two separate walks; the 12 year old can’t quite keep up with the 6 year old anymore. The younger one dragged me through the leaves, the park, along the cemetery… hot on the scent of some critter.

As we walked along the edge of the cemetery, I saw a couple getting wedding day pictures taken (it’s a beautiful cemetery, so it’s not as morbid as it sounds; even high-schoolers go there for prom and senior pictures). And I thought how crazy it is that it’s been almost a year already since our own wedding, since our own pictures in that very spot, since our amazing son was conceived. What a year it’s been!

Yes, I do think yesterday was the perfect day.

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