Late November night

Late November is an acquired taste. One must grow to love bare trees and brown leaves. There is an austerity, like bitter coffee or black tea.

Walking among strangers heading home in the evening, faces barely visible, hunched against the cold, we share the camaraderie of  wind.

The wind does not discriminate. It blows through all of us, parkas and hoodies, leather jackets and fur coats. We remember the importance of layering.  We remember the significance of wind chill.

Now we have a taste for  home cooking–hot and spicy stews and split pea soup, red lentils and black beans, chili and onions, sweet potatoes, hot peppers, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon.

And, there’s the traditional Thanksgiving menu–turkey and all the trimmings, too!  Bring out the napkins and crystal. We need more light and color. We cannot bear the unadorned for long.

And yet, there is beauty in this bareness–how the last few orange berries stand out against the sky.

Even now, in November, there are swellings on the bare branches, seeds buried under the leaves….

The  moon is a bright slice of  light. The night is sharp and clear.



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  • Don't even have that, as the Lumberjacks' Challenge just went through here. The landscaper mentioned something about ash borer.

  • Jack, thank you for reading. I am so sorry about the ash tree.
    I hope, at least, you have a view of the night sky and the moon!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    About 5.

    But we have always had a large full moon to howl at.

  • Nicely put as usual, Weather Girl. It reminds me of a story by James Herriott in which one of his patients' owners said there was a lazy wind. It didn't strike Mr. Herriott that way, so he asked why.
    The answer was "It doesn't bother blowing around you, it just blows right through you."

  • Late November in Chicago so perfectly described I could feel and see it. Agree that "we cannot bear the unadorned for long".

  • In reply to MARShead:

    Thank you so much for reading, and your comments!

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