I want to pause and quiet my own thoughts long enough to take in, and be changed by, the gentle calm of fall. It isn't easy, with the chimes of the upcoming holidays (which sometimes sound like sirens) ringing in my head.
My son, then about 4 years old, was being his wild self right at bedtime. I said, "no more monkey business!" in my best stern-mom voice, and he looked me gleefully in the eye and declared, "infinity more monkeys!"