Don’t let the title fool you, I like summer. Leaving for work in the daylight, walking Maddie before most people are awake for her to bark at, ‘cuz they either said “oh she’s such a pretty dog” or they should have said “oh she’s such a pretty dog,” but kept on walking. The past two summers have been even better because, in exchange for a small donation to a local food pantry, we get to wear jeans to work every day between the June Board meeting and Labor Day. I also like that my favorite bar has outdoor seating in the summer. I never sit outside, but others do, so the bar is nearly empty and I get one of my favorite stools (second stool from either end). So, why am I happy about summer coming to an end?
Autumn. Fall. Indian Summer.
Call it whatever you want, but in New England, it’s the best season on Earth. I’ve experienced fall in western Pennsylvania, Georgia, Seattle, Washington and here in Connecticut. Connecticut wins, hands down. It may be the price we pay for harsh winters, nor’easters and hot, sticky summer days, but if that’s the case, it’s a fair price. Autumn in New England is cool, crisp and beautiful. How do I know it’s coming? Well, it’s not just the calendar, it’s a thousand little signs, like:
Oktoberfest is on tap, fields have been harvested and turned under, farm stands are opening later, closing earlier or no longer opening at all. Mums are for sale EVERYWHERE, school buses have taken over the streets, I’m wearing khakis to work, geese are eating the remnants of the corn harvest and I get to see the sunrise while driving to work. Shadows are long in the morning, but the boat dock is still in the water at Great River Park. Leaf bags are for sale and, although it’s way too early people, Halloween decorations are showing up on houses. Agricultural fairs are happening and MiMi is ready for a fire in the wood stove. Leaves are starting to turn and fog is here in the morning.
I’m ready for fall. I’ve planned for fall. I’ve scheduled half of my vacation days between September 15th and November 15th so I can enjoy those beautiful fall days. And, football. Did I mention football? I didn’t, but yeah, football. WVU, Pitt, Georgia, Iowa State (unless they’re playing WVU) and, of course, the Steelers. Fall is even better when my team is still playing baseball in Buctober, I mean October #LetsGoBucs.
OK, you get the picture. No, I meant that literally, I’m going to stop “talking” and share some pictures with you. Enjoy autumn wherever you happen to experience it (but know that it’s better here in New England, just sayin’).