My daughter spent the first day of autumn with a friend hunting and gathering fruits and brie. Her selfie — hair twisted into plaits, pink frost highlighter a confetti on her cheekbones and lips, yellow sundress—a good morning greeting with the message they were going into town. She was looking forward to the day, to friends; she was looking forward. A year ago, the first day of autumn found me undergoing body scans to stage my tumor while my daughter, three hours away, had taken refuge indoors praying and longing, leaving her dorm room only to attend classes. To see her today embracing movement, finding a newness in old and familiar tasks, joy in the mundane, I leap inside.
This new season is filled with possibility and reminds me of the Making Room for More writing prompt from the summer 2018 issue of Bella Grace Magazine. It asks what you can use one less of, one more of? I want less anxiety, more good foods that nourish me with friends who do the same. I want less time indoor hunched over a laptop or TV remote under artificial light and more time chasing natural light. There’s a lot more, more, more … read my sloppily handwritten list below.