It’s the first day of fall. Or so the calendar says. Here in southern California, seasons aren’t as clearly defined as they are elsewhere. It’s not uncommon for us to still be wearing short-sleeved shirts during “winter” months.
But today it’s officially fall. Or, “autumn” if that’s your preference. I usually refer to this season as fall. It’s easier to pronounce, and certainly easier to spell.
Even if we aren’t yet finished with summer weather, I’m glad the summer season is over. I’m glad it’s fall. And I’ll tell you why.
Because it is fall, there is the possibility of cooler weather. Temperatures that require me to wear my jean jacket when I take my son to school each morning. Theoretically our days and nights won’t be as hot as they have been. I can start wearing long sleeves; meaning, I can finally start paying attention to the other half of my closet that hasn’t been touched in months. My body will be more covered up than it has been so I won’t need to make sure my exposed arms and ankles (no more capris or sock-less feet for me) are safely protected with sunscreen.
Because it’s fall, darkness sets in earlier. I can light my candles during dinner (something I do year-round) and see them flicker and cast shadows on the wall. Once the days become shorter, there’s the very real chance that the neighborhood kids won’t be playing outside for as long, and my family and I won’t have to endure the sounds of skateboards hitting the sidewalk.
Because it’s fall, I can look ahead to a most enjoyable time of the year -- Thanksgiving. A holiday that’s all about family and food and feeling grateful for what you have.
Because it’s fall, the stores are displaying decorative pieces in earthy tones -- browns, oranges, rusts. It’s time for me to drape our staircase with our artificial leaf garland, and fill a vase with decorative artificial fall leaves.
Because it’s fall, I need to appreciate this last relatively quiet bit of time before the holiday madness begins. For our family, it’s not just December holidays; that’s just the start of it. For us, it continues in full-force until the end of March. (Here’s the link I wrote about our family’s “March Madness” in case you missed it. http://wendykennar.blogspot.com/2015/04/march-madness.html)
But today, it’s fall. And I’m glad.