I wanted to share the fall issue editor’s note here!
“Look mama, the plants are growing!” Hudson shouted a mere ten minutes after we planted them.“I poured the water and digged with the green shovel,” he explained, his eyes widening with every sentence. “And now they’re growing all the way to the top!”
I love when he gets excited about something new, but before long our harsh desert summer claimed every last herb in the planter box. I should have ripped out the scraggly dead remnants, but instead I walked past our planter week after week, a constant reminder of my black thumb. Until one day I noticed the stem of the basil plant clinging desperately to a couple of pale green leaves. “Huh,” I remarked audibly.
“What is it, mama?” Hudson asked.
I pointed to the planter, “Maybe we should water this guy?” No sooner did the words leave my mouth than Hudson appeared with a watering can in tow.
Even as I write this note, I can see the now fluffy green plant towering in the shade of our patio. It not only survived, but came back stronger. Fall has a way of doing that – clearing out the dead leaves to make way for new growth.
Last fall I made the conscious decision to clear out things that hindered personal growth. Like the overcrowded planter box, we needed to prune. My husband and I invested in the relationships that we wanted to grow and took a step away from ones that hindered growth. We purged our home in preparation for a renovation. And although things looked a little bleak as we stripped away layer after layer, I’m grateful now for that season of our lives.
Autumn’s kaleidoscope of falling leaves reminds us that change can be beautiful. We take our cues from the shedding foliage and acknowledge that less really is more. This issue celebrates the things we love most about this season of transition. A season of gatherings (page 60) and thankfulness (page 32) and pumpkin spice latte popsicles (page 52).
I can’t guarantee how long our basil plant will last, but I’m hopeful that when her leaves make their way to the ground she’s simply making way for growth.
P.S. The full issue is live here.