On this, your first day of the year, I welcome you back. You are the time of year I have always loved. I have always reveled the crispness of your air, the refreshing feel of the cooler weather after your blazing hot sister Summer is over. While I will miss the long days of Summer and the fun that she brings to my family every year, I do love when you come knocking on my door. I so enjoy the harvest that you bring, the tomatoes, apples, pumpkins, squash...oh you are my friend.
I remember as a young girl I loved the sound and feel of crunching leaves (I still love this by the way) and the smell of people having fires in their fireplace. I love Halloween and I couldn't have Halloween without you my darling Fall.
I adore your colors; reds, oranges, browns, yellows -- they just make me so happy. I love having an excuse to bake pumpkin bread and cookies, make soups, wear sweaters, jeans and fun boots. I love waking up in the morning to a cool house and keeping warm in my cozy bed. And of course the knitter in me loves cozying up with a good project, the feel of soft wool between my fingers...well that just makes me oh so happy.
I revel in the bike rides in your beautiful weather. I love what you do to my Mountains and, yes again with the colors, the COLORS that I can witness. It is just beautiful.
I have a secret though. I don't like your mean brother Winter. He comes in on your heels and often just pushes you out of the picture when no one is ready to see you go. He is pushy and territorial and I just don't like him.
So, I have a request of you. Could you grow a pair this year and stand up to Winter? Tell him to BACK OFF until it is his time in December? Also, tell him to stop being such a bully of Spring. She wants to come in March and he just lingers through MAY! Come on Winter, seriously??? Stop being so rude. Maybe if he just won't listen, strike up a compromise. He can snow and winter all he wants in the Mountains (for the skiers and snowboarders) and you can rule down here in the valley. I think it's a fair compromise, don't you?
So my darling Fall. Know that I love you. I am happy to see you here. I just want you to stay for as long as possible. Because really, your brother Winter blows and I don't like him.
Hugs and Kisses,