Life can be sneaky. One must be careful not to have it turn into a string of Snooze buttons and sunsets. Pick-ups and drop-offs. Seasons help with that. Especially in Vermont.
The sun gets lazy this time of year, lying down in smaller hours as numbered months get larger. Saffron snaps in the leaves and the increasing sharpness of the air slice through the noise of everyday life letting us know that change is lurking, that we should be paying attention. But such sharp snaps serve only to remind us that seasons are simply an overlay to life. It’s easy to give them blithe recognition (“Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the leaves this bright.”) without fully appreciating their measure of passage.
The thing is…seasons are the same every year. It is we who change. And if we’re not careful, it’s easy to miss opportunities to make memories.
Change is once again afoot in the Valley. You’ve seen the photos. The leaves still have a bit of fire and flare in them, but they will soon be falling. Season passes are still on sale. Quad packs too, but they have only two weeks left before their prices rise. Before we know it, it will be time to use them.
Snow is just around the corner. And with it, another season of priceless memories will begin.
See you on the hill.