Is there a single thing about autumn not to love? I mean, if you live in a place with extreme seasons, you are glad to kiss summer goodbye. You’re ready to open windows and take walks. You’re ready for fresh air and sunshine that doesn’t burn you to a crisp. You’re ready to not sweat. You’re ready for some deep hibernation-type sleep, the kind you can’t get in hot weather.
I love the leaves changing colors. Love, like crazy love, take a million pictures every year love. I love the winter fruit and vegetables coming in. I love wearing dignified long sleeves and long pants and socks again after all the months of summer over-exposure. I love the gentle tumble of holidays. The cool air stirs me spiritually–in the fall I want to get closer to nature, to do yoga, to meditate, to think deep thoughts. It also spurs me to make warm cozy things like socks and quilts. Unfortunately, it also spurs me to shop. Got to squirrel away sweaters and statement necklaces for the long cold winter ahead, right?
The phrase that has always come to my mind is “a turning inward”. We’ve been out of our burrows all summer, now it’s time to go back in and snuggle. The thought of being snowbound still seems romantic (unlike in February, when it makes me want to scream). It’s time to look for good things inside, both inside our houses and inside ourselves, after a long season of enjoying all the good things outside. It’s a time to rest.
Also, it means Christmas is coming. YAY!