Ah, fall in the Midwest. Is there anything else that even comes close to that awesomeness? Well, a lot of things, I’m sure. But right now let’s just focus on the season of Fall and why qualifies as the Best Season of All. Anyone who says differently is selling something.
Why, yes, I do love to quote The Princess Bride. Wait till I get going! In fact, let’s see how many times I can quote the movie in this post alone. Just a side challenge for me on this otherwise boring day.
Let’s face it: Summer clothes are hella boring. Shorts? Yuck. T-shirts? Yawn. Flip-flops? Over it. Fall is all about layers. Scarves, jackets, sweaters, hoodies, boots…and not the winter kind. No, we don’t want the winter kind yet. We want the necessary-but-still-stylish kind that looks cute as we take walks in the woods while looking at all the pretty fall leaves. And cute beanies! They’re terribly comfortable. I think everyone will be wearing them in the future. And we want to wear colors that actually match the changing leaves: oranges and greens and reds and cranberries and golds. And speaking of the changing leaves…
One of the big reasons why people love fall so much, especially in areas that actually get this season (sorry, SoCal…it does put a damper on our relationship), is because the leaves look so purdy. We’ve been stuck with boring green ever since May, and we want to see some change, dammit! Enter Fall in all its colorful glory. The tress are actually quite lovely. Leaf perfection. And even better? Raking the crap out of those leaves. What better way to spend a crisp Saturday afternoon than raking piles of leaves in your backyard and then jumping in the pile just to mess it all up again? FUN. All it can do is delay it for a while.
After you’ve spent the last two hours raking your yard, a nice way to warm up is with a hot cup of tea. Obviously I have a bit of a thing for tea, but fall is a great time to get into it if you haven’t already. The air is chillier, and you don’t have that need of quenching your thirst like you did during the horrid summer months. Instead you just want to hold something warm in your hands and sip on a steaming mug of deliciousness. Some great teas this time of year are anything with chai, cinnamon, apple, vanilla, and chamomile. It is odorless, tasteless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadlier poisons known to man. Ha! I’m kidding. Chamomile is great. And you can never go wrong with straight green or black, which is awesome and healthy all year round. And if you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything.
It seems that once September hits, people start to go apple crazy. Like as soon as they flip their calendar from August to September, they’re like, “I MUST GET ALL THE APPLES.” Why? Well, because apples are a classic symbol of fall and most sane people are super anxious to get fall going once August ends. You could not ask for a more noble cause than that. Also, September is apples month to shine. Apple orchards (in the Midwest, at least) start packing the people in from the middle to end of the month and throughout much of October until apple-picking season is over. And then pretty much all you consume during that time is apple pie and apple cider. Which is totally okay. That is all you ever need know.
There are certain movies that I love to watch during this time of the year. The Nightmare Before Christmas is an obvious choice because it involves two holidays that people start to anticipate. You’ve Got Mail is also a good one because it takes place during fall in New York, which people are obsessed with, and it also leads up to Christmas, which people start thinking about around this time. One movie I always try to watch during fall is Return to Oz because a) there are pumpkins in it, and b) it’s kind of horrifying. And fall is a great time to watch scary movies (except for the Friday the 13th movies, which are only fun to watch in the summer).
For some reason I start getting the urge to listen to Christmas music in October. Which is totally horrible, I know. Inconceivable! And which is why I will not allow myself to listen to Christmas music until the day after Thanksgiving. I’m actually really strict about that rule. But some other music that seems super fallish to me is jazz music – jazz music of any kind, really, but the gloomy, mellow stuff is great to listen to on a cold and rainy fall day. Harry Connick, Jr. and Michael Buble also sound great during this time of year. I’m not really sure why that is…I wonder if more people feel that way. And lastly, I love to put on “Autumn” and “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” at really loud decibels while I’m driving amongst all the autumny goodness. Seriously, try it. You will lose yourself in the music, the moment. Eminem. Word.
Finally, there are certain books that make perfect companions during fall. I love reading ghost stories on stormy fall nights, like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, or a Nancy Drew book, or couple of old Fear Street books. Basically any book that seems kinda scary is a good fall read. Fall is also the time of year when I tend to turn toward comfort reading, because when I was your age television was called books. Those include the Harry Potter series, Laura Ingalls Wilder series, and the Betsy-Tacy series. Is that a kissing book? Nay! Those are perfect books to cozy up with next to a fire with a mug of hot tea in your hand. While wearing a cute scarf. And eating some apple pie. With some soft jazz music playing in the background. After you’ve raked a bunch of leaves.
You’ve made your decision then? It’s obvious. FALL IS AWESOME.