We pulled into a sprawling pumpkin lot during this week long cold front of a breezy 80 degrees while the afternoon's golden sunlight reflected brilliantly off of bright orange pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. The day itself seemed a complete contrast to our last try, and this time? It just worked.
In life there is always a rhythm, we breathe in and out, inhaling and exhaling in one fluid motion. We sleep and we wake. We watch the tide roll in moments before the currents secede and roll back out. There is an ebb and flow. Not every relationship is marked by glittered and sparkly friendship bracelets of spun unicorn mane, in fact most are messy and some even hurt.
A friend posted a quote on Twitter this morning, “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” -Leonard Cohen
Just as we can sit along the waters edge in a torrent of crashing waves, we know that sometime soon, the tide will pull those white caps away, receiving them back into the deep and at the same time giving a renewed love for calm inhales and exhales and fresh air.
There will be days when plans don't go as expected, when ideas change and you make memories out of the forced smiles between the cries. Those times will come, they always do. But sometimes without them, the regular days... the days we find ourselves alone in a pumpkin "patch" with happy kids, a cool breeze and perfectly shaped orange gourds, would pass by without the gleam of shimmering golden light being noticed.
Oh it's there. The light is always there. Sometimes it's about letting the light in, even through the fracture of misguided expectations... and sometimes it's about shining your own light. Right now? We are doing both.
Also, we're all about the pumpkins right now and made the most amazing, and simple pumpkin cake tonight to share over good conversation with friends. I knew I needed something and didn't have much in my cupboard to work with, save the spice cake mix I found when I cleaned out my pantry recently.
A box of spice cake mix and a can of pureed pumpkin, mix those 2 ingredients together and bake according to box intructions. Top with a glaze made of 2 cups powdered sugar, 1tbsp butter and 2 tbsp milk.
A total win.
Shine on, friends. And if you can do it with a pumpkin or two? Even better. Like, sparkly Autumn unicorn kind of better.
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