Warning: this is a completely superfluous blog post about Fall. There is no real substantive information here, just a little “getaway” from whatever responsibilities you are working on today. We’ll call it, “Your 5 Minute Autumn Appreciation Break.”
As a kid, Summer was my favorite season, naturally. It was pure freedom bliss and no one was going to change my mind about that. It was green grass and slip ‘n’ slides and barbecues and the beach and bike rides and lightning bugs and every other wonderful summer thing.
And then Fall would start to creep in. I’d notice it right around the end of August when the sun started to shift a little bit in the afternoon sky. I would overhear mom and dad’s hushed chatter about “back to school shopping” and “new clothes” and ohmygod NOOO!
I hated Fall.
And for many years, even into adulthood, Summer was still my favorite season. Until this year.
This summer was rough. It was hot and buggy and I was pregnant (still am, actually) – and pregnancy + excessive heat + many bugs = not a happy Summer. I spent a great deal of time indoors and that makes me very sad, considering how much I love being outside. Summer wore out its welcome this year, and I am more than happy to usher in my new love interest: Fall.
Ah, Fall… how do I love thee? Let me count the ways:
1. Your lovely weather – it’s not hot, not cold, it’s just right. You require a light sweater in the early mornings and late evenings, but permit sweaterless fashion during the day. You are so flexible! I can wear closed or open toe shoes – long pants or capris – long sleeves or sleeveless… did I mention how superfluous this blog entry would be?
2. Your harvest bounty – it’s full of beautiful things like gourds, pumpkins, late tomatoes, apples, cranberries, and pears. You are a culinary delight, Fall. You are the only time of year I truly enjoy cooking.
3. Your artistry – it’s all over the trees, flowers, bushes, and fields. You paint everything in my favorite colors: red, orange, yellow, green, purple! For a crafty, interior-designer-wannabe like me, you are my muse.
4. The way you make me feel. Fall, you bring out the lover in me. You inspire me to take long walks, snuggle on the couch, build bonfires, go camping, light candles. If I didn’t know any better, Fall, I would think you’re trying to get me into bed. Oh wait, yes, I enjoy that this time of year, too! Sleeping is so much better with the windows open.
5. I realize I’ve actually loved you for a long time, Fall. It was just difficult breaking it off with Summer. He and I have been close for many, many years and it was tough to realize my love affair with him has actually been just a good acquaintanceship.
I know it’s not technically Fall by means of Mother Nature or the calendar, but I can’t help but celebrate. The weather is changing, kids are back in school, and the smell of cinnamon is everywhere. I used to wait until my wedding anniversary to decorate for Fall (which is September 25th, in case you want to send a card), but this year, I’m breaking my rule and starting today. I’m busting out my Fall décor and I’m not looking back! I will sip Chai tea all day and shamelessly eat as much Ivin’s Spiced Wafers as I want! I will book my personal calendar with as many Fall-related events and festivals as I possibly can, and I will bake as many apply, pear-ish, pumpkiny, cinnamon’d things I can possibly handle between now and Thanksgiving.
Ah, Fall, I know our affair is fleeting. I know that in a couple of short months you will turn a cold shoulder to me and I will be forced to rekindle a romance with Winter. But that’s okay – Winter and I have been cool (ha, get it? cool?) since I discovered skiing and Winter hiking. Plus, I’ll be preoccupied with my baby. So, it’s okay, Fall. You’ll be back.