Well, it is officially autumn, and October is just around the corner. Every year, after a long cold winter, I proclaim, “May is my favorite month!” And then, every year, after a long hot summer, I proclaim, “October is my favorite month!” October assails our senses with pure and simple pleasures like blue skies and yellow sunshine, red and gold leaves, and orange pumpkins. There are delicious foods to smell and taste. Things like pumpkin pies, apple cider, and spiced coffees. There are bonfires with toasted marshmallows, roasted wieners, and smores. There are warm days with bright mornings and soft, golden afternoons and there are cool nights fit for sweaters, blankets, and snuggling. How can you not love it?
As the days grow colder and shorter, the holidays are fast upon us. First Halloween, the crowning event of Autumn. When we wake up the following day, although we still have Thanksgiving to celebrate and much to be thankful for, there is an eagerness to put away the oranges and browns of Autumn and to pull out the reds and greens of the Christmastide. These last three months of the year are filled with anticipation, hope, and joy and they pass us by too quickly. Then, in the dark cold nights of January, I shiver and I pull the blankets over my head and dream of May.
“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!” ~ Humbert Wolfe