Spring may have its flowers and winter its holidays, and of course summer has its swimming and vacations, but is there any equal to that feeling you get when you know fall is lingering around the seasonal corner? In my opinion, the answer is a resounding no: No other season holds the power of pumpkin spice, comfy sweaters and cinnamon tea, and thus fall is crowned queen of them all.
I’m not alone in this feeling, right? At least I have Meg Ryan’s character in the romcom “You’ve Got Mail,” who with wide-eyed eagerness waxes poetic, “Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” I agree, Meg. I really do.
If the first day of fall has you bolting for a No.2 pencil or even sipping cider before it’s quite cold enough to require a hot beverage, here are five great ways to welcome the long-awaited season:
1. Pull Out Some Poetry. Some of my all-time favorite poems revolve around the turning of the season from summer to fall. While numerous poets write on this subject, the most nostalgic poems from my childhood are the works of James Whitcomb Riley, an Indiana poet whose poems like “A Dream of Autumn” and “When the Frost is on the Punkin” paint beautiful landscapes of the Midwest as it gives way to fall.
2. Get Outside. Even if you live in an area where the season’s don’t change drastically, fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. If you live somewhere that showcases the change with colorful leaves and brisk breezes, it’s a great time to hike, camp or just sit on a porch with a warm cup of tea.
3. Splurge on a Seasonal Latte. Speaking of hot drinks, one way to welcome fall is to taste the spices that are so unique to the season. Even though seasonal drinks like pumpkin lattes tend to be more expensive, splurging on one is a fun and tasty way to say hello to fall.
4. Spice up Your Home. Getting into seasonal decorations doesn’t mean you have to sprinkle fake leaves across your mantel or prop a scarecrow in your front yard. Add simple touches of the season to your home with autumn candles, mums or even a simple bowl of nuts or acorns as a reminder of the season.
5. Learn Something New. You may not be subject to a school schedule any longer, but there’s something invigorating about fall that still makes many people want to learn something new. Sign up for a class at your local college or listen in on free classes from schools like Stanford online.