Monday, September 08, 2014

Dear Fall

Dear Fall,

I heard you were back and, while I mean no offense to you whatsoever, I wasn't exactly tickled to hear about your return. Please don't take it personally, fall. I mean many, many people declare you their favorite season, so that should make you feel good. And I really do like you, I do.

I mean, what's not to like? The dip in temps, the flannels and denims, the smell of wood smoke wafting through the air, snuggly sweaters, football on the tv on lazy Sunday afternoons, big pots of soups and chili, pumpkin flavored everything, the changing leaves. I see the appeal and, eventually, I will come to embrace you.

I do every year. But it just takes me a bit.

Because, you see, you have the misfortune of coming after summer. And summer is, let's face it, a hard act to follow. The beach, the sun, fresh corn on the cob, shorts and skirts and sundresses, the pool, vacation, firecrackers and watermelon and peaches and popsicles, flip flops, white pants. Summer is, without a doubt, my favorite season.

And so it's truly nothing against you. It's just so, so hard to let summer go. But alas, Labor Day has come and gone and I am, reluctantly, resolving to be a good sport, which is why I'm writing this.

This is my letter of welcome, my missive of no hard feelings, my written resolution that I will make the best of the season I'm in. Even if it means I have to ease out of red, white and blue and into orange, yellow and brown. Even if it means the soundtrack changes from the shouts of happy children diving into water to the cheers of raving football fans. Even if it means that instead of eating homemade ice cream on the back porch we're eating big slices of pumpkin pound cake by a glowing fire.

Every year I eventually accept you, and even enjoy you. I grudgingly make the transition and by Halloween I am fully into the essence of this season after summer. Because I really do, deep down, like you. You do have a lot to offer. And starting this week, I'm going to focus on those things. (But I admit, I will still be counting down the days until summer comes back around.)

And if it's any consolation, I will not be writing a letter like this to Winter.

Yours Autumnally, Marybeth

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Kathy said...

Thanks for the chuckle.:) Three years ago we moved into a home with no a/c and just experienced an August of record setting highs and highest lows. My husband has been hard at work filling the woodshed for the cold months and I have been using our garden bounty to make gallons and gallons of soups. Summer is not my means oppressively hot, humid weather during the time we need to be most productive preparing for the seasons ahead. This year, we are empty nesters so I look forward to quiet evenings in front of a roaring fire perhaps reading a book since dinner is already cooked (a hearty soup and homemade bread) and winter when we will be snowed in- forced to skip work and hunker down together (hopefully with electricity) and slow down for a few days. Summer for me, means work, heat and misery.

Kristy Woodson Harvey said...

Hahaha! This gave me a good laugh! I will have to say, though, that I'm one of those people that always looks forward to the change of season. I love fall weather and leaves coming down and getting a little bit cooler. But, of course, no doubt about it, summer is just amazing, so it's always sad to see it go. Thanks for sharing this!

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia said...

I feel the same way you do, Marybeth! Hate to say goodbye to summer.

Pam said...

It's the laziness of the summer days that I so hate to say goodbye to, but as we are now back into a school routine, I'm looking forward to cool autumn breezes, the vibrant color of fall leaves, and nibbling on many somethings made of pumpkin : )