Happily I purchased some imported candy from Mexico the other day. The candy is peanut-flavored and has the consistency of crumbly Marzipan.
A major local cash crop here is peanuts. Peanuts are so widely grown, in fact, that annually, we celebrate with the Peanut Festival. There are rides, booths, crowds, music, and of course, PEANUTS!
Until this year, I had never realized how much I associated the flavor of peanuts with autumn. But in the peanut candy I tasted the cool air, the crunching of the leaves beneath my shoes, and the clear, azure sky above.
Boiled peanuts are especially a treat. Quite salty, they’re eaten by cracking open the weakened shell with one’s teeth and then sucking out the peanuts. The texture of the boiled nuts is much softer than regular peanuts and is typically moist.
Another reminder of autumn is apple cider. The smells of apple and cinnamon fill the fall air, and as I recently told a friend, apple cider tastes like apples and cinnamon and happiness all mixed together!
Autumn has finally arrived. Even though the actual equinox was a week ago, typically the full arrival happens with a certain kind of peaceful shift in the "energy" of a place. A certain sweetness of life hung in the air today, and the reassurence that the year was falling upon us was apparent. In those moments, when the air is clean and sweet, when the sky is clear, when the temperature is perfectly balanced and embraces one like an old friend whose familiarity you recognize immediately, one cannot help but feel gratitude beat in one’s breast to God.
Such moments may seem a simple joy to others, but the reality is that the joy is direct and immediate and beyond any useful words; it is anything but simple!
So toast with your apple cider to the gladness in your heart, and enjoy the peanuts and other harvested goodies. This autumn should be a fantastic one.
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