“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
I have always loved fall. For as long as I can remember, I have spent my summers impatiently waiting for that first morning I would step outside only to find that I needed to run back in for a jacket. Between the clothes, the football, the days spent on the porch with a good book and a large cup of coffee, the holidays, and the start of school, the season brings with it a world of beauty and opportunity. For me, life truly does start all over again when the season turns.
The same is true for the staff, horses, and participants at The Red Barn. The temperature and the leaves have only just started to drop, yet the changes are already palpable. This is my first fall at The Barn, but I can already see how much things will shift over the course of the coming weeks and months.
The oppressive heat has been replaced by crisp mornings, when staff shivers slightly as they turn down stalls and bring in horses. The barn is eerily quiet and it takes a moment to process why; the mild days render stall fans unnecessary. The ground, covered in colors that crunch under both foot and hoof, provides a unique sensory experience. The swift breeze blows new life into the horses, who have gained a pep in their step as they walk back and forth from barn to pasture. Everyone laughs a little more and sweats a little less.
It’s a beautiful transformation to behold.
And I can’t wait to see what’s next.