Summer is coming to an end with fall beginning. I’ve wondered what it would be like to live somewhere without four seasons. My first reaction is that I would love it if it were summer all year round or at least if it never got below 65º (with sun) I would be the happiest girl on earth. But if I really think about it, as much as I dislike winter, I think living through each season has taught me a lot about myself and those around me. I remember when Matt and I were dating. I told him that I couldn’t be engaged to him until we’d gone through all four seasons together. Isn’t there an ’80’s song about how seasons change, people change?
We go through various seasons in life too. I think it’s safe to say we all have times of despair, sadness, turmoil, joy, adventure, searching…just to name a few. We can experience way more than four seasons throughout life and some certainly come back around, just like the weather.
I enjoy gardening and really, just based on the cover, I recently checked out Orchard House by Tara Austen Weaver from the library. It is a memoir that explores gardening and relationships. Like many people, Tara has experienced various seasons throughout her life. She shares various memories and feelings from childhood to adulthood as she helps her mother revitalize a large run down garden. Her family consists of her mother and brother and her brother’s wife and children. They are not close and Tara dreams of a day when they will be. The book draws many parallels between gardening and life experiences. We can see how the family dynamics changed and the impact the garden made on their relationships with each other throughout the seasons.
This book is sweet and at times sour, has humor and some serious stuff too. I really enjoyed it and if you’re looking for a great book to curl up with on a rainy day or a cool evening this fall, I highly recommend Orchard House by Tara Austen Weaver.