March 8, 2012
Autumn: A Beautiful Season
Summer months are filled with the warmth of the sun, families going on vacations, swimming in cool lakes, and having barbeques with friends. Winter entices the inner child in us with the thought of ruthless snowball fights, sledding uncontrollably down steep hills, hitting the ski slopes, and building snowmen and snow angels. The season that is most appealing to me though, is fall. The beautiful transition between hot and cold, autumn brings vibrant colors, falling leaves, and marks an end to the productive summer season and signals the beginning of more baron and desolate winter months to come.
Fall has arrived that first morning a person steps outside and feels the crisp, cool wind in his/her hair. The grass is wet, and he/she can smell the dew in the air. The sticky, hot and humid weather from weeks earlier transitions into moderate and refreshing temperatures. The cooler weather causes the green leaves to die, leaving them the electrifying colors of yellow, bright orange and red. Within time, the leaves start to slowly drift to the ground. They begin to pile onto the lawn, and the breeze begins to carry more and more each morning. Growing up, my mother would buy large garbage bags that, once filled with fallen leaves, would resemble a jack-o-lantern. She thought it was a fun way for my brothers and I to help rake all the leaves. I will never forget the smell of the wet, musty leaves as we raked them into large piles and then filled the jack-o-lantern bags.
For many people, going to the pumpkin patch is a fall tradition. Children sit impatiently in the back seat of their parent’s car, asking repetitively if they’re there yet. As they approach the field that looks like a sea of a thousand orange pumpkins, the children become excited thinking about which ones they are going to take home with them. Every year my son insists on bringing home the one hundred pound pumpkin, which he cannot even...