Because we had so much rain this Sukkot, we only got to sit and eat last night in the sukkah. It was well worth the wait though. Embracing the cooler temperatures, spending time with family, and getting outside is a very healthy way to live. Most of the time, I don't have time to be outside. This holiday encourages being outside and enjoying what G-d created. It's also nice to know that families all over the world are following this custom. Here in Lubbock there were so many families that were celebrating Sukkot, it made me realize that no matter where we live we can love Torah and obey His commands. Surely there are people in Amarillo that are doing the same thing, but I have yet to meet them.
There are many spiritual reasons that G-d mandated Sukkot, but I'm not going to go into that. I just wanted to post that this year was pleasant and I'm so happy that we got to stop and remember how precious and connected this life is.