Sunday, October 4, 2015

In Love With Autumn


Welcome to autumn! If you're not already crazily, fantastically excited about the upcoming months, let me be your guide. If you're living in a part of the world where it's not fall right now… well, feel free to live vicariously through those of us dancing around in the falling leaves. <3 


Autumn is cross country
running through damp woods, crunching moss and breathing cedar
Florence & the Machine
nylon tights and leather (okay, faux leather) jackets.

Daylight shrinking in an orchard while you
pluck fresh apples and press them into hot, sticky cider.
The aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg
pie crusts and pumpkin seeds.
Autumn is a season for lighting candles
letting flames flicker up fireplaces or through
pumpkins on porches,
wearing wool scarves to hide from 
that chill in the air.
Your boots press prints into muddied sidewalks.
Morning runs in the dark before the pale sun rises
candy corn and tacky Halloween displays at the grocery store
a cup of ginger tea while listening to
Ed Sheeran
everything else that reminds you that this
is the time to be alive.

Long walks home from a warm cafe
through the park
wherever you can inhale crisp-apple air
crunch over fallen leaves and feel like you're one with a 
changing universe where
anything is possible.
It's the best time to get lost
explore
adventure.

Everything around you is starting to die, but it feels like the world is beginning again.

"Delicious autumn! 
My very soul is wedded to it, 
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth 
seeking the successive autumns." 

- George Eliot



FALL
a to-do list for the city dweller

make pumpkin-scented candles
find a farmer's market open late and buy apples and fall veggies
get out to the countryside (okay, or just the suburbs) and pick a halloween pumpkin
carve it
drink hot chocolate
take a walk someplace where the leaves are a million shades of golden and burgundy
wear a huge wool sweater
drink hot tea with both hands wrapped around the mug
stand outside in the morning and breathe deep
rake leaves into a giant pile and leap in, let them scatter like you're five years old and laughing
sit by the fireplace and read your favorite stories
bake pumpkin bread and eat it
roast pumpkin seeds afterwards
turn off all the lights in your house and light all your candles instead
run through your favorite park on a windy day
make these pumpkin things I discovered in 2011 (time flies)
press leaves between the pages of heavy books and scrapbook them when they're dry
paint your nails or lips dark red
make a bonfire
soak up the season

Excited now? Go play!

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