Fall has arrived in Colorado. It seems a bit early, but it is definitely here. We had a covering of snow on the patio this morning and this whole week has been cool with the promise of more to come. I have to admit I've always loved Fall. It's my favorite time of the year. Why? Well, I came up with a bunch of reasons I've always loved it:
-- Going back to school with new clothes, and new shoes
-- Getting fresh school supplies (I got to replace the ratty notebook I'd marked up the year before and I always managed to get me a new notebook for my writing)
-- The feeling of crispness in the air as I walked home from school
-- jumping in the pile of leaves my dad and brother raked up (I didn't appreciate the piles when I got older and had to rake
-- meeting new classmates, new dorm mates and new roommates
-- playing football on the lawn in front of the dorm
-- going to football games (& sneaking in a little bottle of rum for those cold days -- we were the ones yelling for the guy selling cold sodas even though we were wearing gloves and it might be snowing)
-- walks to the park where I could sit in the crisp afternoon air and write
-- going on vacation (I always took vacation in the fall because I liked to see the leaves change or visit the beach when no one was around
-- sitting on the beach or in the park while on vacation and writing
-- going to baseball playoff games and an occasional World Series
-- football brunches on Sunday
While I write every season, I always seem to come up with fresh ideas in the Fall. So here is a toast to fall and to new ideas and new beginnings.
The final thing I love about Fall is that it is when my birthday hits so I have just finished one year and I have a whole new year ahead. So here is a double toast to Fall.