I think I remember my 7th grade English teacher insisting that the names of the seasons needed to be capitalized. But now I am second-guessing my memory and Mrs. Dussault. Anywho. That’s neither here nor there.
I love Fall. I happen to live in a place where Fall is incredibly beautiful. It is my favorite season. It’s like Goldilocks and the Three Bears – summer is too hot, winter is too long and too darn slushy, and Spring has too many black flies and too much mud. Fall? Perfection. In no particular order here are 5 reasons I love Fall…
- Wood smoke. People around here hunker down, and light up the fireplace or wood stove to take the chill off during chilly autumn nights. An evening walk on crunchy leaves, while sniffing the wood smoke and wearing a sweater? Perfection.
- Back to School! I’m too old for back to school, and Mr. Pickle Pumpkin is too young. But I always feel like Fall is the time of new beginnings. Sure there are buds on trees, lambs, chicks, and flowers pushing through the earth in the Spring, but Fall always feels like the beginning to me. New notebooks, a new outfit, and a new adventure. (I suspect I feel this way because I loved school. Dork? Me? Yes.)
- Leaves. I live in the land of maple trees! The lovely reds, yellows, oranges never ever get old. When the sun is shining golden it is hard to imagine a prettier place on earth. I love the way they smell, I love the way they rustle and crunch when you walk through them. I do not love raking. That’s what leafblowers and husbands were invented for.
- Sweaters. They are very forgiving for the less than svelte. Especially compared to the shorts and tank tops (no, I’ll never wear one) of summer. And they’re cozy. And you can wash them less than sweaty summer tank tops. Everyone wins. Especially the people who don’t want to see me in a tank top. Added bonus: it is no longer swimsuit season.
- Fall food. (My rant against pumpkin-flavored-everything will come later.) Apples, apple pie, apple crisp, apple cider. Soups. That one deserves some more attention: SOUPS. Warm food, food that simmers, food that isn’t salad. Food that bakes, braises, bubbles all day long making the house warm and delicious-smelling.