boots. mums. pumpkins. scarves. apple orchards. cooler weather. leggings. pumpkin spice lattes (not my jam, but go on with your bad selves!). football. hoodies. chili. fall festivals. Halloween candy.
Catch my drift?
Every year I look forward to this time of year so much, and I know many of you do, too. In August the clothing in stores and online start drifting toward warmer materials and Halloween-themed kiddo jammies (be still my mama heart). As we say our last sweet good-bye to summer over Labor Day weekend, my head automatically moves to the next fun step – decorating the house with our fall decor.
But what makes these coming weeks so much better than the rest of the year, the rest of the seasons? Social media, Pinterest and mass marketing in general surely aid our excitement for all things fall, but I think the love affair starts deeper than that. I’m still reading The Life Giving Home (yes, still), and the September chapter of this book hit the nail on the head for me:
“Autumn is the time in which we recognize home as a strong ship, caulked and tight, our stronghold and safe place as we sail the high oceans of winter…and life. Autumn is the season of endings and ingatherings as summer wanes and we stock cupboards and souls against the coming if winter.”
“In autumn we celebrate the gift and rhythm of home and harvest, and we turn again to the work that makes home a place of abundance. We plan just how we will provide for those who gather round us as the days grow cold…”
So, yes, fall is breathtaking with its rich colors and swiftly changing leaves. Fall is cozier with warmer clothes and cooler temps. Fall is yummier with satisfying soups and spice-infused desserts. But on a deeper, more beautiful level, fall reminds us to focus on those we love most (and that, my friends, is what I always try to make this blog about). Fall becomes a parade that leads from pumpkin patches, to Halloween trick-or-treating, to gathering around a table for Thanksgiving dinner, to celebrating the joyous season of Christmas. And what could be better than that?
To all my fall-loving friends – soak this time up for all it is. The days change so quickly at this time of year! And if anyone judges you for wearing a puffy vest and plaid scarf while it’s still 70 degrees outside, just ignore them…you don’t need that negativity in your life.
Now where’s my latte in a leaf-decorated Starbucks cup?!