It was a Tuesday night which meant I was staying at my mom’s house. It was a long day at work, so after I pulled into the driveway and turned my car engine off, I sat there for a quiet moment.

I looked up to admire the fall decorations that my sister had put out on the front porch. The mums were full and open, the pumpkins small and round, the lanterns perfectly staggered. There were corn stalks tied up to either side of…