On Fall

Growing up fall was always my favorite season. Back to school, high school football games, homecoming dances, hot chocolate, apple cider, warm chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin patches, Halloween, Thanksgiving, corduroy pants, blue jeans, bulky sweaters, pea coats, burnt orange foliage, the Texas Longhorns…what was there not to like?

But these days fall is more of a struggle for me.

Everywhere I look, signs of winter are imminent.

Temperatures are falling.

Leaves are changing.

Daylight is shrinking.

And I each time I enjoy a meal alfresco (yep, that’s a kind of fancy way of saying outside, and I’m fancy), a sunset on my drive home, a sunny Sunday afternoon walk, I can’t help but wonder if it will be my last.

Or at least my last until Spring.

Anyone else bothered by how the signs of fall all remind us of it’s inevitable end? Or is this just early onset of seasonal affective disorder?

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  • Our fall begins in early September and then it turns grey for months on end. As a matter of interest, I was just diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder today. I am in the process of trying to get myself a light box and that doesn't work it might mean moving to a more sunny place. 🙁
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  • I definitely don't like the signs of inevitable winter. Of course, up here where I live, in Western Canada, the leaves are all pretty much fallen now, and we've had bits of snow already. Which, I suppose means I can't even claim early onset Seasonal Affective Disorder so much as just the unfortunate reality of a northern climate!
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  • Just think – when you head into Winter, someone else heads into Summer.

    Be happy for them.

    Or, move to their country… 🙂

  • I'm one of those weird people who like winter. However, the thing I do miss in the winter are the amazing colors during a fall sunset. I've seen a few sunsets in the fall that made me think it might not be so bad if it's the last one I ever see. I figure we might as well enjoy them since there won't be any more once we enjoy our last one here 🙂

  • I hate with Starbucks starts with the Pumpkin Spice Lattes because that's the offical sign, my summer is over 🙁
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  • Interesting timing. The concept fits, too. I just posted in my personal blog, that suggests season is useful lens for life (www.newseason.us). But it was more about winter than fall. Just came back from an oncology consult. Having life framed more clearly gives new definition to life, death, and God's role in it. Fall ain't so bad when winter's snow flies at you horizontally.

  • Finally, I find someone that agrees with me about fall!

    I’m always torn…my friends are generally always so excited about Fall and all of the individual things you mentioned. Me, I always think of fall as a “death” of summer. Yes, I know that is dramatic, but spring and summer are my favorite times of year. And the thought of heading into another Midwest winter makes me cringe.

    Just wanted to let you know that you are not alone! 🙂

  • Oddly enough, while the Fall tends to make me wildly introspective, less outgoing and far more quiet, I also find a lot of comfort in this time of year. Matter of fact, a little over a month ago (before the weather decided that highs in the upper 80's AGAIN made sense) I wrote that the fall feels like forgiveness (and forgive me as I post the link here – I think you might like it…). -Sonny
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  • Fall is BY FAR my favorite season! My birthday is in October. I prefer jeans to shorts. I love wearing sweatshirts. My family and I always work a few days at a family-run pumpkin patch (that has actually grown into a HUGE family attraction in my area). Hot chocolate, apple cider, and bonfires. Crunchy leaves and Halloween candy. What's not to love?!

    The weather where I live has been GREAT, with just a light jacket or long-sleeves making it comfortable to go to the park or sit on the porch. However, it seems there is a change in the air and I noticed that tomorrow's low is 30 degrees…brr! If I could have fall all year round, I don't think I would have any complaints! I'm with you, though, and the mention of the "S" word reminds me that this is not going to last…but spring WILL come after winter as it always does 🙂

    Enjoy your fall!
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  • Yes, I completely agree. I struggle, struggle, struggle. Am holding on til January when the days start getting longer again and reading "Spiritual Rhythm" about the seasons (free on Kindle). It is helping a tiny bit. Blessings.
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  • What were you thinking? 🙂

  • You do live that way. Taking it all in. So vibrant. Yes, this winter, so much to look forward to…

  • juliebmack

    I LOVE Fall, but hate winter, so it is unfortunate that the two seasons sit side by side, one a precursor to the other. But, I try to embrace it as much as I can before the cold seeps in. This year was a FAR better fall than last year. The leaves stayed longer and we still have not had our first snowfall! (by this time last year, we already had a couple snow and ICE storms! UGH!)…. So, while Fall tells me winter is just around the corner and I dread the last Sunday of the month where we lose another hour of daylight, I still love the season and all the colors it brings!
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