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For The Love Of Fall
Dated: November 2 2016
It's official: Summer is over. As those words are being read millions of educators take a deep breath and a long sigh as they turn in their sunglasses and flip flops for their sweater vests and reading glasses. If you're a student you've already stopped reading at the mention of the start of school, still to this day the most detestable day of the year for my entire childhood. Where Summer has always been known for it's vast opportunities for adventure and a constant buzz of optimism, Fall tends to be the opposite. We trade in our sunny days of tanning for grey skies and chilly mornings, we trade our swim suits and tank tops for sweaters and wool socks, we trade our thirst for adventure for the overwhelming burden of an inevitably dark and bleary six months to come. Winter has Christmas and New Year's Eve and even Spring is one step closer to Summer so we put up with its terrible weather knowing it's almost over. That leaves Fall ugly and alone for most people, but not me. Fall may be the least encouraging and most depressing season, but I love it.
Here are three of my favorite things about Fall:
Living in the Pacific Northwest you better have a large stock of sweaters. The perfect outfit for days that start off icy and turn into a sunny day with a light breeze. They can be made warmer with a jacket overtop, but most of the time a sweater is enough to keep you warm. And if you get too warm a sweater with the sleeves rolled up is always a good option. They can be dressed up with a collared shirt and a tie or dressed down with a v neck and jeans. They can be big and bulky to pair with a nice pair of boots or trim and slim with a sports coat. Sweaters just may be the most versatile item in my wardrobe, and an item that I make sure to stock up on every year.
What is not to like about a holiday that celebrates family, what we're thankful for and best of all: food. There are only a handful of things I would rather do instead of sitting down with family and friends (wearing a sweater) at a table full of the most delicious and unique foods of the year. When else can you stuff your face with buttery, garlic mashed potatoes drenched in gravy; turkey cooked three different ways: smoked, deep fried and baked (yes, we did that, be jealous) and sides that bring you back to childhood when you would stop eating when you were full rather than until you hated yourself. And don't even get me started on the desert! I have never been a cake person, but you put a pie in front of me with a tall glass of milk and some whip cream and I will show you the meaning of overindulgence. Add to that the football and the strict, no way around it, set in stone rule that Christmas music may be played until the day after Thanksgiving and you have my favorite Holiday.
When the weather follows the geese south and your tan starts to wash off (or for my freckled friends, when our freckles diminish), nothing signifies the end of summer and the beginning of Fall more (other than Pumpkin Spice Lattes). And what is better than pulling the sweats out of the bottom of the drawer, the blanket off the back of the couch and the wool socks you forgot you had, wrapping yourself up tight and getting your cozy on. While sipping hot cocoa with marshmallows that never last as long as you think so you have to put 20 of them in (oh darn), you can read a book, watch a movie, stare at the fire in your fireplace or a youtube video of a fire on your laptop. Being cozy would have been the eleventh commandment had they not been written in the desert.
So when everyone is complaining about summer being over and the sun saying goodbye for the next six months, you can smile to yourself knowing that this season has so much to offer for those who are willing to look (and especially for those who like to eat).
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