My Favorite Season

And…it’s here! Autumn! My favorite season! Well, at least to my way of thinking it’s the fall. No matter that the calendar says that Fall Equinox isn’t until September 22nd. Growing up in New Jersey, the first Tuesday after Labor Day always signaled the end of lazy summer days and the start of school. So it’s forever engraved in my mind that September = autumn. And really, any way you look at it, I’m only a week early.

I can’t think of a single thing about the fall that I don’t love. The briskness and wonderful smell of cooler air (well, it’ll be brisk sometime in the next 3 months here in Atlanta, I hope!). The beloved changing of the colors of the trees (again, hopefully before Old Man Winter visits). The fun and happiness of Halloween and family and food at Thanksgiving.

I love the seemingly shorter days and the cozy nights curled up in front of the fire. With a blanket and a book. With my knitting and my tea. Doesn’t it sound heavenly? I’ve always been a homebody and a nester and something about this season calls to my heart. I can’t wait to have the windows open in the car and at home without sweating to death or freezing my bum off. Really, is that too much to ask for?

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Admittedly, as I’m typing this, it’s 93˚F outside. Not very fall-like weather at all. But as I walked to the bus stop yesterday to pick up Ryan, I found these beautiful, colorful leaves! Now doesn’t that just say AUTUMN in capital letters? Let’s just pretend they’ve changed colors because the weather overnight has cooled off and not because it hasn’t rained any significant amount in this neck of the woods for the past two weeks, shall we?

So as I wait—rather impatiently—at night with my knitting and book on the couch (with the A/C cranked waaaay up), I’ll take another sip of whichever tea that has struck my fancy. Maybe it’ll be my favorite Imperial Jasmine Pearls, or Organic Rest. Or maybe it’ll be an herbal like Harvest or Cinnamon Apple. Don’t those sound properly fall-like? Whichever one, I’ll take a sip, close my eyes and dream of colorful trees and cooler nights.

~Chris