Friday 19th October 2018 Issue No 2308



Autumn with its radical colours is possibly the most beautiful season. We do not mind the daylight hours becoming rapidly shorter as we are rewarded with the most beautiful colours on the trees ranging from multiple colours of green, brown, yellow, orange and red. At first we do not notice the change in the season and then suddenly one day it is just there. Multiple colours! How is it possible that we missed the first season change in nature?

The colours are even more noticeable when the sun penetrates a cloudy sky and shines on a particular tree among a cluster of trees all in colour. The colour of this tree edged against a dark sky is so much more significant. And then the sun disappears behind clouds and the dominant tree blends with the other trees again. Soon we will experience falling leaves and trees which will become bare. For the moment we will enjoy the colour splendour and not concern ourselves with the untidiness of falling leaves.

Our older people in their twilight years are like the autumn season. They are the ones that stand out in our communities where everyone seems to be so busy. They expose the most beautiful colours of a past life, burning with anticipation to share their experience and expertise. Their skills and gifts resemble the beautiful colours on the trees in autumn Soon they too will fail, and as a tree loses its leaves they will lose some zeal and passion that will leave them bare. In nature autumn is a passing season and will be with us for only a short while. And therefore in a sense we are fortunate to always have older people amongst us, showing off their colours. Have we noticed their splendour and have we shown our appreciation towards the many older people among us?

Andre du Plessis.    Ullapool


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