Indian Summer

Someday it must be investigated whether there is “Indian Summer” everywhere in the world, at least in something like the temperate zones.  It may not be so.  Legend has it that when the early settlers arrived somewhere in the New World and maybe in the Midwest, they began preparing for winter as soon as it turned colder.  The “Indians” (i.e., Native Americans) who lived in the area told them it was not time for winter.  It would get warm again after a few cold days.  And, it is how things happen.  Supposedly that is why the warm days of autumn about two weeks after the equinox and a chill are called “Indian Summer.” 

The leaves are turning brown and falling off of the trees and the night comes a bit earlier than before during Indian Summer, but it is still warm enough during the day for a person to get a bit warm.  The windows can be opened to let in some lovely air and if one is young enough one can dance in the sun just about like one can in the spring when it seems that winter is about over.  The season doesn’t last long before it turns cold for good for the year, but it does last long enough for a person to tie up loose ends that weren’t finished off before it was chilly for those few days forewarning of winter. 

If those early settlers didn’t know it would get warm again (it is legend that the “Indians” taught the settlers), then it had to be something that never or rarely happened in whatever place they originated.  Regardless, it is here at this time, and any crops that weren’t gathered yet can still be gathered for a little while.  If one isn’t into crops, there’s still time to do a few things in “easy weather” if the weather outside is a factor in what all one needs to do.  And, of course, the squirrels can gather the last of their nuts while the last of any birds that want to go south gather up the energy to leave. 

Pretty days should be appreciated.