Some gifts take a little effort to appreciate. You’ve probably noticed the sun isn’t rising until just before 7 in the morning (and yes, I hate you just a little if you aren’t up early enough to notice) and it’s already below the tree line by 6:30 in the evening. Keep wearing those capri pants until the snows arrive if you must, but fall is finally here.
It’s all Persephone’s fault, of course. No, she’s not to blame for getting kidnapped by Hades and dragged down to be his Queen of the Underworld. Greek mythology tells us that a grief-stricken Demeter, Persephone’s mother and goddess of the harvest, caused all the crops to die until the cries of the starving finally reached the ears of Zeus. Unlike the protests marked by kneeling football players during the national anthem, this resulted in immediate action: Zeus commanded Hades to return Persephone to her mother. Unfortunately, because she’d snacked on the food of the dead on her way up, she was doomed to return to the underworld for four months every year. Demeter left the world a barren wasteland until her return each spring.