the first bonfire of fall


cool, crisp air has arrived.  the summer bonfires which allow us to relax after a busy summer week become more about connecting….coming together around the fire for warmth, not just for our bodies but for our souls.  maybe it’s about savoring the days before snow and cold keep us indoors, but fall bonfires seem to have more depth.

friday evening my family got together at my parent’s house for one of those bonfires.  a simple affair…hot dogs, chips, s’mores, cider and rice krispie treats (because, come on….those little boys never really grew up!!)  the little girls (my adorable great nieces) were there and sparklers provided entertainment after dark.  amy was sweet to bring out her camera and get some great shots with a long exposure….something that amazed the small ones (and the big ones too).  my sister brought some chinese lanterns….she gave me some for christmas and we’ve been saving them.  if you find some, scoop them up….they’re so much fun to launch and watch.  we lit 4 and send them floating away in the night sky, watching them slowly drift away until they either went out or simply disappeared from sight, leaving us to wonder where they might end up and who might find them.

i’m sure we have many warm days to come….indian summer and all, but the first fall bonfire brought us together in a very special way….adult cousins remembering childhood…parents, grandparents and great-grandparents remembering those same cousins poking the fire in years past….and the newest generation creating their own memories to carry with them.

welcome fall…we’ll be enjoying the warmth of your bonfires again very soon.



2 thoughts on “the first bonfire of fall

    • Hi Charlotta! Chinese lanterns work like hot air balloons, so they’ll stay aloft until the flame goes out, at which point the air inside the lantern cools and lets it drop back to the ground. Theoretically it would never hit the ground while still aflame, since the paper they’re made from is very thin and would burn up very quickly if it should catch on fire. I know they’re banned out west as a precaution because the land is so dry that it would only take a spark to start a fire, but Ohio is verdant enough that there’s not really any risk of a forest fire. -Elizabeth

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