A lot of people express (loudly) their love for the fall season, and while I used to be a huge “spring” guy, in recent years I’ve come around to join the autumnal camp. I feel very alive and full of energy during this time, as it’s not just a great season to enjoy, but one that puts me in the mindset that — yes — winter is coming.
The fall has so much going for it. The school year is still new, October is jam-packed full of events (cider mill trips, haunted houses, drives through parks, bonfires), the smell of the leaves decaying is oddly nostalgic, and summer is still coughing up a couple of unseasonably warm days here and there. This past week we had a couple of 60-plus days and even one 70-degree day.
But for me, it’s the knowledge that all of this is transitory and will be going away quick that makes it that much more special. I know that in a couple of short months, I’ll be driving on ice-covered roads, shoveling snow, looking out the window to see darkness at 5:00 p.m., and forgetting what the color green looks like in nature. So I want to enjoy as much of fall as I can, which is why I’ve been getting outside and rejoicing over every sunny day. I’m also hustling around doing a lot of winter prep, such as cleaning out the garage, packing all of the stuff from the back yard, and trimming bushes.
I don’t mind winter, actually. I like being cozy and warm in a house, and being a gamer means that my favorite activity is right there at home. While there isn’t any huge holiday game release that I’m anticipating, I have a really great crop of MMOs right now that should take me right through the cold months and into 2015. Plus, starting today we’re in the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Years holiday corridor, which at least gets us sprinting through the start of winter. Although, if I had planned it, Christmas would be at the end of January to spread things out a bit. January and February are way too dark and lacking in excitement. The best part about them is that at least we’re past the shortest day of the year and can enjoy progressively longer ones.
The end of 2014 is nigh. I haven’t lived up to all of my resolutions, but I’ve done quite a few and have time to at least start on the rest. For tonight, it’s trick or treating with my kids and hoping that it doesn’t snow. Which it might.