Season of Changes

I was driving down the highway and over the Minnesota River when I looked over the side the bridge at the golden and light orange colors of the trees. It doesn’t matter how long I’ve lived up North, the changing of the leaves always catches me by surprise.

This is the time of year when people plan trips up to Duluth so that they can drive past the rows of leaves before they lose all their color. Couples find this kind of drive romantic, and I guess the fireplace at the hotels in the hilly city is fitting. There are few more days of crisp, cool weather, and bonfires outside before the big freeze begins and we hold onto it with a death grip up here.

Everyone groans at the skiers and snowmobiles who can’t wait for the first snowfall because most of are dreading the bumper to bumper traffic. No matter how long we’ve lived up here everyone forgets how to drive up here the first few times it snows. Our cars because skittish and our knuckles get sore from holding onto the steering wheel.

Many of us get up early to see if we can get out of driveway during the winter or if the snowplows blocked us in. We gain 10 lbs from our coats, hats, and scarves. Some of us even look abominable. I might have to practice a few calming exercises so that I’m prepared for the inevitable first slide on the road. If you’re anxious it’s not a good idea to drive in the winter up here.

I don’t know about you but I’m hoping for a few more warm bursts so that I don’t have to put on all that winter gear. Don’t worry, if I’m having a nervous day I’ll just take the bus and everyone will have to deal with me being a little late to my appointments.

Let’s hope some of the global warming events skirt around our state so that we don’t feel so lonely up here this winter. I guess this means I should spend some more time enjoying the colorful leaves. I might have to go to one of our parks to take a few photos before the land of dead trees appear.

This means that your prompt for today is to go outside and take a picture of what your city or the nature around you looks like right now. Then, write about it for 5-10 minutes.

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~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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