I Am a Child of Autumn

Fall, F Scott Fitzgerald, Autumn

There’s a hint of fall in the air, as much of one as you’re going to get in Texas. The air is crisp enough to stand being outside for longer than a few minutes. The trees are lined with their seasonal winged visitors. And Halloween has invaded every outlet mall, discount store and Walmart across the country.

Meanwhile, my veins are dripping with nostalgia. My mind keeps flashing to autumns spent wandering the streets of London and Austin – the late night outings to Kerbey Lane, the long hikes through colorful parks, late night study sessions in a 2 bedroom flat shared by 6 women, and sipping hot chocolate from my favorite Mickey Mouse mug.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving in my London flat

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Fall has always held a special place in my heart, and not just because my birthday falls 2 days before Halloween (hint, hint). You see, whereas the Texas summer announces itself loud and proud with sweltering temperatures and sweat oozing down your back, fall is a much more subtle creature. It creeps in undetected, tempting you with cooler temperatures in the middle of a blazing week, easing you out of summer and into fall. Before you know it, you are no longer dripping buckets of water every time you go outside to get the mail, and you’re longing for tall boots and hot beverages.

Every one of my senses awakens to the arrival of autumn. The faint smells of cinnamon and apples waft through the air as people begin baking their favorite fall treats. The sweet taste of hot chocolate lingers on my tongue through the chilly nights, while a lovely lullaby of rustling leaves plays in the background. My cheeks blush at the cool kiss of the gentle fall breeze. And visions of adorable costume-clad children racing up and down the streets hollaring, “Trick or treat!” seem to parallel the magic that I feel during this season.

I am a child of autumn in every sense. It re-energizes me, fueling me with the need and desire to get out and do things. I want to roam the city in search of adventure, hike the Texas hill country, snuggle up at the drive-in movie, and catwalk (or zombie lurch) with the best of them on Halloween. I want to eat all the candy, bake all the sweets, drink all the hot chocolate, and watch every single scary movie I know.

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Austin Zombie Walk 2011

For some, spring is a time for rebirth and growth. For me, fall is a much better time for self-reflection and change. My soul is cleansed with the changing of the leaves. My mind finds clarity in the crispness of the night. My heart rediscovers the meaning of love, friendship, and charity. And I find new purpose with the changing of the seasons. I am a child of autumn.

What is your favorite season? Do you love fall as much as I do? What is your favorite fall activity?

  • I always lean toward saying that spring is my favorite season, but you’ve definitely made a convincing argument for fall! 😉

  • I love zombie walks! In the town where I live (Hastings) we celebrate Bonfire Night midway through October to commemorate the Battle of Hastings. It’s a great spectacle with people in various costumes dragging giant cauldrons of fire through the town, and there are drummers pounding their beat. It’s very Pagan, very primal and a lot of fun. One representative from each Bonfire Society (there are several nearby) goes up to the huge wooden bonfire and throws a lit torch at it in turn until there’s a raging inferno spitting into the night sky. I love it.

  • that zombie walk photo is faareaky!
    fall is ok to me. Its not bad, its not good. I think its because at home, fall isnt anything like it is here. a few leaves fall off the trees, but we dont do thanksgiving or pumpkins or halloween… it gets colder and thats about it.

    • LOL. The zombie walk was so much fun! About a hundred zombies lurching through downtown Austin. 🙂

  • kathy@vodka and soda

    i love that pic of you in the zombie walk!!! they have something similar in toronto but it’s always during a weekend that we’re not here for some reason 🙁

    • That sucks. The zombie walk is so much fun. We were about 100 people walking through downtown Austin surprising people and definitely holding up traffic. 🙂

  • What a beautiful account of fall and how it affects you. Very vivid, like the part about it awakening something in you. Beautiful. Love the zombie photo, by the way! I love the crisp air in the fall and the crunching leaves when I walk. I LOVE the colors of fall foliage. And of course, salted caramel frappuccinos ;).

    • Thank you! 😀 And I’m pretty sure you have much better fall foliage than we do in south Texas. 🙂

  • I’m more of a spring/summer kind of girl. Fall to me means winter. Though I get an extended summer this year so not too much to complain about 🙂 I do like apples and hot chocolate too!

    • I can totally understand that. However, since winter in Texas is almost non-existent, fall is a welcome break after the 100 degree summers. 🙂 I might not feel the same way if our winters were more severe. I would like to see snow again though.

  • Kari

    I love this post! Fall is my favorite season as well. So much so that I have a series on my blog this month called Fall-O-Ween: everything Fall, October & Halloween!
    There is truly just something ab the fall that’s like being reborn. A character from Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments said it best “I was born in February but I come alive in October.” You’ve fully expressed everything I love about the season and you did it so eloquently!

    • Thank you, Kari! You’re so sweet. 🙂

      Fall is definitely worthy of a series! I look forward to reading yours. And that quote is absolutely perfect! However, I’m lucky enough to be born in October. 😉

  • Hahaha omg i loved that Zombie Walk photo, so cool. I don’t think i’ve ever seen anything like that here n Germany – usually it’s just the boring carnival stuff…:P
    And i’m totally an autumn child as well. It’s just my favorite season & i feel at my best during that time of the year. 🙂

    • That’s too bad. There are zombie walks everywhere in the US. 🙂 They’re so much fun! And I definitely feel my best during autumn too.