Hello, I’m Leah G. Alfonso. I write so that I may speak.
I. Love. Fall. I always look forward to the time of year when the leaves start changing color and rain becomes plentiful, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. And in honor of nature’s awesomeness, I’m giving twelve aspects of fall that, for one reason or another, we can’t help but love. So, in no particular order, here are twelve things about fall that anyone can enjoy.
#1: New school year
Okay, this is kind of cheating for me since I’m done with school. And I know what you’re thinking: why and/or how do you look forward to another year of experiencing the wheel of torture that is our education system? Well, I think one could argue that the start of the school year is the easiest part of the year. That, and there’s something nice about reuniting with friends after three months of either basking in the sun with family or waking up at five in the morning to go to work. Yeah, the rest of the year isn’t exactly a walk in the park, but there’s still something refreshing about getting back into the swing of things.
Oh, rain. Why do we love you so much? Well, there are several reasons. The obvious reason is that it keeps the planet hydrated. But there’s also something about rainy days that give off a nice, earthy smell, as well as a relaxing atmosphere. And there’s nothing like a rainy Saturday where I can curl up on the couch with a few books and a mug of hot chocolate.
#3: Pants and long sleeves
If you’re like me, you’re more likely to bake in seventy-degree weather while wearing shorts and tank tops than you are to freeze in snow armed with only a pair of pants, a t-shirt, and a jacket. And don’t get me wrong, I like wearing shorts every once in a while. But honestly, it’s just nice to wear pants and jackets without roasting.
#4: Corn mazes and pumpkin/apple picking
No matter what season it is, there’s always something to do outdoors, and I just gave you three. You’re welcome. But seriously, it brings out the little kid in you as well as provides you with as much fall produce as you want. Which is a nice little introduction to the next number on this list:
#5: Apple cider
I know I’ve said this a lot in past blog posts, but I haven’t met someone yet who doesn’t like this. Whether it’s hot or cold, apple cider is a delicious little treat to enjoy.
Religious controversy and freaky imagery aside, Halloween can be a fun holiday. Not only is it the perfect time of year to enjoy Tim Burton’s magnum opus Nightmare Before Christmas, but it’s also the time of year where chocolate lovers get free candy. And it’s also a good holiday to partake in the activity that Twilight inadvertently made popular: Vampire-tipping.
Two days off from work, parades in the city, the best homemade cooking can offer, remembering the good things in life…yeah, it’s Thanksgiving, I think it can speak for itself. Next one.
#8: Some of the Best of Cinema
To be fair, we’ve gotten some pretty good movies this summer. Maleficent was decent, How to Train Your Dragon 2 was a pleasant surprise, and almost everyone went crazy for Guardians of the Galaxy. But with the time for movie awards approaching, this is typically the time of year where film directors want to put their best foot forward. As a result, we get some of the best cinema of the year. And I can’t wait to see what this year has to offer.
#9: Leaf pile jumping
Do I even need to go into much detail about this one? Like going through a corn maze, there’s something about a pile of leaves that’s so innocent and childlike. Bugs and creepy-crawlies aside, there aren’t a lot of people who would criticize this activity.
#10: Warmer café food
If you ever get cold, you can always warm up by ducking into a café for a warm drink, a hot sandwich, or a bowl of delicious soup. As I indicated earlier, it’s easier for some people to heat up than it is for them to freeze. So to have a time of year where one can indulge in warmer food without roasting is a nice gift from Mother Nature.
#11: Color changing leaves
For photographers, any time of year is akin to Christmas. And the time of year where the trees change color is no exception. There’s something warm and inviting about the reds, oranges, and yellows in the trees that no hallmark card, photo, or philosopher could explain.
#12: One step closer to Christmas
Speaking of Christmas, it’s right around the corner! I’ll talk about the wonders of Christmas at another time, but knowing that it’s only one season away gives fall another meaning altogether. We have so much that we can enjoy in the meantime that, to any fall and Christmas lover, it doesn’t feel like a wait so much as a pre-celebration before the real one comes.
Until next time, this is Leah G. Alfonso saying “Tis the season to go vampire tipping!”
Photo sources: http://www.crystalinks.com/autumn.html