Nice Day, Isn’t It?

September 22, 2010 at 1:47 am 3 comments

Late summer, early fall, Indian summer, Autumnal Equinox, ohmigawd-it’s-late-September? Call it what you will, I call it darn-near perfection.

Your favorite season and mine may not be the same. But, will you do me one favor, fair people of Earth?

Over the next several weeks, keep an eye out for co-workers, friends, and fellow human beings with a look in the eye that—if you take the time to look—bluntly and gleefully tells you, “Given half a chance, I will run from this office building to go out and play.”

You will see these people. They may be complete strangers. But one of them will turn to you, with a big ol’ grin and kite-flying eyes, and say, “Nice day, isn’t it?”

Here’s the favor. Try, please try, not to respond thusly:

“Eh, we’ll be needing snow shovels before you know it.”
“I guess, but . . .”
“Unh, but you know what’s coming.”
“Santa’s not real; you’ll never find love; and falling stars are, in actuality, flaming planets, inhabited mostly by puppies, hurtling toward certain destruction.”

Keep it to yourselves you party-pooping, parade-drenching doom-doom heads!

Yes. As a matter of fact, I do know that after autumn comes winter. I kind of mastered all four seasons a while back. (I also tie my own shoes and can draw an awesome turkey with a thumb-shaped head.)

Winter comes each year. But autumn is here now.

Grass and weed growth have slowed. Bathing suit as well as galoshes lie un-needed in the bottom of the closet. Sweatshirt weather. Rag-top days with brilliant sunlight and fabulous, numerous cumulus in startling Crayola skies. Jean jackets. Suede shoes. Campfires. S’mores. Football Sundays. Crock pot stews, crusty bread,  Cabernet. Windows-open-no-furnace-needed-and-no-AC-neither sleeping weather. No humidity. Not much rain. Woodsy, ancient smells and scrunch-crunchiness and landscapes of impossible shades.

C’mon people!

It’s autumn. Gorgeous, lovely, genteel, snuggly, be-outside-without-sweating, breathe-without-your-boogars-freezing autumn.

Take a breath. Take a look. Take a moment to enjoy it.

What’s your favorite thing about autumn?

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. WritingbyEar  |  September 24, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Soooo many things. Leaves, mums, pumpkins, “harvest” decorations, apple cider, football games, the bluest of all blue skies (October!)…

    Sadly, my hubs is one of those gloom & doomers…I can’t even mention fall (or the much prettier-sounding autumn) without him moaning and groaning about the coming winter. I think growing up in Somerset damaged him — winter is awful there.

    But I’m with you — we have a month or so of gloriousness on tap — let’s get out there and have fun.


  • 2. mel  |  September 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Definitely the colors. And the scents in the air. And apples, and apple butter. And–oh, you said favorite thing, as in singular. Well, that’s impossible.

    Great post. I laughed out loud. I’m betting you are one of those people sporting a big ol’ autumnal grin and kite-flying eyes…


  • 3. Ruth  |  September 28, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I the change of seasons, but I particularly love the change into fall….
    …get to wear sweaters in the fall
    …got married in the fall
    …finished my breast cancer treatments in the fall
    …winding down the “busy-ness” of summer for the crispness of winter

    It’s all good.



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