Is it the red crescendoing of trees lining the icy lake? Or the pebbles popping under the rubber wheels of my old car? Is it the warmth of picking up wool scarves from their summer cocoons? Being shaken out and wrapped around cold necks? Is it this lower state's familiar weather, blending brisk wind with bright sun? The way it heats the second-floor windows in the frigid mornings? Is it the scents of sage and roasting meat floating through the door, welcoming me home? Or the mismatched pairs of shoes kicked under the hallway bench?
It might be this last bit of Cabernet slowly tumbling to top my cup, or the ceaseless squeak of my childhood bed. But yes, something calls me here, back to the beginning. Back to the autumns of our home.