Iím feeling unusually light and cheery
this week, and it might have something to do with the
Itís finally Autumn, my favorite season.
In fact, Autumn isnít just a season; itís a state of mind.
Itís in that cool breeze that rejuvenates the whole system
after more than five months of boiling steam. Itís in the
spicy cinnamon hues of fallen leaves and new rouge that
makes people want to add color to their lives. And itís
definitely in the candy corn and pumpkin pies that urge all
to live and eat life to the fullest.
Okay, my prose is getting exceedingly
whimsical and flowery. See what I mean? The weather does
things to you. Anyway, here are my top five reasons why now
is the best time of the year.
1.The crisp sound of leaves when you step
on them. You know what they remind me of? Kettle-cooked
potato chips. Anytime I go out for a walk, Iíd purposefully
stomp on these piles just to hear the delicious crunch.
Basically, all the physical elements of the season are
extremely precious to me. Like how this is the only time of
the year when I can open the window for natural ventilation
without catching a draft that makes the carpet feel humid.
Same goes in the car. Itís absolutely gorgeous to feel the
crisp, dry air through the windows and to have an occasional
russet-colored leaf glide past the windshield.
2. Fall fashion magazines. The September
and October issues are usually the biggest ones of the year.
I just bought the September Vogue in all its 754 page glory.
Usually, I read magazines from cover to cover in one
sitting, but this one took several days! Likewise, Allure
issued its biggest issue ever this month with 334 pages of
its beauty best. Not only are the fat fashion magazines fun
and fulfilling to read (told you the prose was getting
flowery), the summer styles in school are finally changing
to a more spicier fall beat. The inception of cords and
sweaters and quirky scarves are way more exciting than the
summerís slinky tee and wide belt combo.
3. Halloween! And all its related
preparations. My personal favorites are the house
decorations. Again, walks around the neighborhood are made
far more exciting by lanterned sidewalks and cobwebbed
trees. And who could forget the candy? To tell the truth,
chocolateís not that special because you can get it any time
of the year. But candy corn is quintessentially Halloween,
something that makes eating them a seasonal necessity.
4. A bigger appetite for food in general.
Is it just me or does the chilly weather make people eat
more? Doesnít it just feel good to come home with
wind-bitten cheeks to a hearty and satisfying dinner? And
some foods only complement Autumn. Like cappuccino for
example. Itís just weird to drink something that rich and
foamy in the summer; while during the winter, hot cocoa
takes the spotlight. The whipped cream, cinnamon sprinkles,
and chocolate shavings are made only for Autumn.
5. Just a month away from a major slew of
holiday breaks and two months away from the end of the
semester. What total bliss! Half the school year is almost