Ever since I was little, I loved fall. If you were to ask me what my favorite season was, it would have been fall. Don’t get me wrong. I loved summer because I could eat ice cream and go swimming. I loved winter because of my birthday and an innocent child’s unfulfilled dream of waking up to a yard full of snow. I loved spring too because the temperature is just perfect and the flowers are starting to bloom. But, I love fall even more.
This is why:
1–Leaves Changing Colors
The number one reason why I absolutely love Fall is the changing leaves. I love to walk outside and just admire the leaves that start to change from green to red and orange and yellow. I love watching the leaves fall.
To this very day, I love the sound of the leaves go crunch, crunch as I walk. As a kid, my favorite thing about Fall was putting all the leaves into a huge pile and then jumping into them. It’s like better than a ball pit. It’s more real and feels so amazing as life collides with nature.
One thing I absolutely detest about summer and winter is how extreme the temperatures are. We’ve got summer which can get almost unbearably hot, with temperatures in the near 100s. Of course, it probably wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the infamous humidity of the south. I’ve grown up around it and I still haven’t gotten used to it. If you’ve never experienced it, then you are lucky. Humidity makes the heat sticky and wet and just so uncomfortable. It’s definitely not the most pleasant sensation!
One thing that I’ve always wanted to do as a child, but never did, was carving pumpkins. I thought it was so cool and fun to grab the biggest pumpkin at the store and get to work carving out a silly (or scary!) face. I actually tried it for the first time last year. I thought it was going to be easy to carve a face. But it’s really hard work. The pumpkin has so much inside it and its skin is so thick. This year, I plan on trying again. Any tips that you have to make pumpkin carving easier would be much appreciated!
One thing that always deterred me from sitting outside is the pesky mosquitos! I would sit outside for a few minutes and then come back inside with bug bites all over my legs. I would then be sitting in the cool, air-conditioned interior, rubbing my bruised, half-bitten legs.
Yesterday evening, I stepped outside. There was a light zephyr. It wasn’t hot like it has been for weeks. And yet it wasn’t super cold. It was Florida, after all. Rejoicing at the temperature, I rounded up the kids and together we took a long walk around the neighborhood.
5–Masks Are Finally Comfortable Again
This summer has been a summer unlike any other. One thing I absolutely detest about wearing masks is how hot and sweaty I get. I’m so fortunate that I don’t have to wear my mask for an entire eight or nine hour shift. It’s not so bad wearing masks at the grocery store since it’s air conditioned and cool.
But the walk from the store to the car has got to be in the five worst things of the year 2020. By the time I get to the car, I am sweating buckets. My eyes are starting to run. If I’m wearing sunglasses, they start to fog up. It’s a nightmare, honestly.
So I am so excited that with the changing, cooler temperatures, it won’t feel so suffocating hot under the masks. I’m even more excited about the winter just for the fact that the masks would be able to keep my face warm. You can bundle up with a hat, scarf, and gloves, but your cheeks are still exposed to the cold. With the masks, there would be another element of protection against the freezing cold wind.
And this is why I love fall. Just the feeling that fall is here gives me a shiver of excitement. We’ve gotten through the long hard, hot summer 2020. It is fall. Finally. We’re one step closer to cooler temperatures. We’re closer to the end of the year. But most importantly, we’re closer to the end of this pandemic.
What is your favorite season and why?