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Falling blissfully, sadly into autumn

October 24, 2010

 I’ve always liked fall. It’s one of my favorite times of year. It’s a busy time as people get back to business and rev up their routines after a long summer. It’s a season when you realize how fast the year has gone. The kids are back in school and the days grow shorter and the nights longer. A confluence of retail opportunities occurs as summer clearance, Halloween and Christmas items vie for shelf space in stores. The flannel sheets go on the bed and summer clothes are sent into hibernation in the spare room.

I can smell the advent of fall. The first whiff of it occurs in the summer, usually August. There’s that one moment in time when I can smell the change in the air. The sun is still bright and high in the sky, the days are hot, people are still in summer clothing doing summer things, yet all of a sudden it’s different.

For me, there’s always been a sadness to fall, I think because I view it as a harbinger of winter, despite its loveliness and appeal. Still, fall for me is a time of simple pleasures:

1. The change of colors

2. Sweater weather…the crispness in air

3. Pumpkins…I think we could all live without pumpkins, but the bright orange color is so cheerful

4. Apple pie…Crisp apples are harvested in the fall. Does anything smell better than baking apple pie?

5. Wood smoke…People start lighting fires in their fireplaces. Okay, it’s an air pollutant, but damn, it smells good. Almost as good as apple pie.

6. Thanksgiving. This holiday is vastly underrated and that’s precisely what makes it so special. It’s a big national, homegrown holiday yet it hasn’t gone commercial. Thanksgiving is primarily time when families get together around the dinner table. We need more holidays like Thanksgiving.

7. Little trick or treaters. There is something so adorable about the little ones barely out of the toddler stage who ring your doorbell, and hold open their bags. You can tell from their confused faces they’re not sure why they’re really there.

8. Pot roast and soups. Time to break out the crockpot.

Finally, fall is the time of year that most reminds me of the song “Seasons” performed by Grace Slick:

September leaves are falling through the autumn haze
And the school bells tell everyone there’ll be no more summer days
Warm nights are gone, all the leaves are turning brown
Then the windows close again when the winter comes around

But the children dance and sing as if the time were spring
When the seasons change everything they find a joy in what it brings
So I will laugh and dance and watch the children sing
Then I will have the chance of finding joy in everything

What do you like about fall?

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