Autumn is the best season. I have felt this way my entire life. Perhaps it’s because I loved the cool weather or always loved going back to school (you know, for the backpacks, the trapper keepers, the #2 pencils . . . dork alert).
In any case, there are only about 5 weeks until autumn, so here are my favorite ten things about “The Beautiful Season” (or fall, as many of you insist on calling it) in no particular order:
1) The spelling of the word a-u-t-u-m-n. Any word that ends in m-n AND you’re allowed to say without getting a detention must be pretty cool.
2) Cooler weather – while I have noticed that winter is KIND OF losing its appeal with me as I get older and more sensitive to freezing temperatures, the cooler weather of autumn, after the ridonculous heat of summer, is so refreshing.
3) The beautiful fall foliage – yes, I said foliage. Only people who use the word autumn use the word foliage. And what could be more beautiful than a host of dead and dying things (leaves) hanging on with their very last strength, only to fall and be consumed with fire.
4) Wood fires
5) Football – from the lights of a Friday night high school game, to sitting inside on a lazy Saturday with a cup of hot chocolate watching Penn State v. Ohio State, to falling asleep after church on a Sunday afternoon while the Steelers clobber their opponent, there is no national past time (sorry baseball lovers) quite as nice as football (yes, I understand that my no-tv rule is in affect until January 1st and may have some impact on this particular activity)
6) Wearing jeans and boots and a heavy sweater, walking through the woods and mending a stone wall (okay, so I’m no Robert Frost, but I still enjoy the aforementioned clothing)
7) The scent of wood fires
8) Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkins with little, evil faces carved in them, and the delicious pumpkin curry soup my wife makes
9) Thanksgiving, my favorite season of all
10) And this year, for the first time ever, The Fireside Writer’s Conference. Ha! You thought you were finally getting through one of my posts without hearing about that.
So what’s your favorite thing about autumn? Do you even like autumn? Do you even like the word autumn, or do you find it pretentious?