Early autumn lunch with Barb and the wisdom of Dove chocolates

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As we enjoyed the warm autumn afternoon, my friend Barb and I caught up on all the goings-on in the area as well as life in general. We were at an outdoor table at McAlister’s Deli in Waynesboro, soaking in the warm breeze and relishing the second day of October over iced tea — sweet for her, unsweetened for me — and sandwiches.  It was a long, leisurely, much-needed catching-up, a respite in the middle of busy days and, for her, moving to Fishersville from north of Waynesboro.  I like the new abode because it’s closer to our circle of friends, not that distance has ever kept us apart.

As is her custom, after lunch Barb pulled out four Dove chocolates and doled out two to her and two to me. We always end our meals with a bit of chocolate. As I unwrapped the sweet morsel, the saying printed inside the red foil paper made me smile: “Take time to notice the color of the leaves changing.”

I think I can safely say that I’ve done that, and will continue to do so as autumn colors march closer to the Shenandoah Valley … The quiet beauty of driving over Jack Mountain, October color and back roads in Virginia’s Highland County, Finding autumn in Highland County, Full color in western Highland County, and Finding autumn in West Virginia.

Friends and autumn … be sure to enjoy and get your fill of both. Thanks, Barb and Dove!

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell

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