Tomorrow is the first day of autumn here in the northern hemisphere, though the signs have been in the air for a little bit already.
Autumn is my favorite season of the year. I enjoy each change of the seasons, but nothing else can compare with the change from summer to fall each year, especially in Atlanta where the summer is unbearably humid. I hide indoors every summer, to save my ghostly pale complexion and to escape the great sauna-that-is-the-outside. With each autumn, though, my thoughts return to the outdoors.
This past week we've been feeling the change in weather. Wednesday, during my lunch break from teaching, I stepped outside for a moment and decided I couldn't possibly spend the next half-hour indoors eating when the outside was calling to me! So instead I ate outside on the steps, enjoying my lunch surrounded by a blue sky and a light breeze :).
What is it about autumn that makes me hopelessly nostalgic? I want to reach for one of my old favorite books and curl up in a tree and just read all afternoon. Of course, I haven't climbed a tree in years (I used to be quite a monkey!), but the urge is still there. And if I was to pick a book to read for nostalgia, it would definitely be an L.M. Montgomery book! I picture my dear book friends Anne, Pat, and the Story Girl living perpetually in autumn. I'm already up to here *holds hand high above head* in books, though, so I'm not sure that urge will be acted upon in the near future. Instead I'll play Anne's Theme on the piano, which will satisfy some of my cravings :).
When I think of autumn I think of cardigan sweaters, a hot cup of tea (served in a pretty teacup, of course), homemade quilts, dry crunching leaves beneath my feet, long walks in the woods, stew simmering on the stove, long tiered skirts, long-sleeved checked blouses, bluegrass music, the briskness of the crisp fall air, and most of all the pallet of autumn colors that is displayed on all the hardwood trees for a few brief weeks, before the colors fade and the leaves drop to the ground to carpet the earth.
What do you like most about autumn?