There’s a bite to the air these days. Fall has definitely fallen. The trees are vibrant in gold and red leaves. The neighbor’s yard is pink with maple leaves. Yes, they are falling, a sign of the coming winter. They crackle and rustle underfoot as I make my daily walk. I’ve started using a new route. I call it my winter route. I circumnavigate the roads around the park rather than the path in the park. That’s another sign of change.
Fall mean many things to many people. It can mean the new school year, the new TV schedule. To me, it means change. A change of season, TV, but it is still change. Change is good. Everything changes. Sometimes things get better when they change. Sometimes they don’t. It’s no use railing against change. That’s just a waste of energy.
Fall signals the coming of NaNoWriMo. That’s only a few weeks away, as is Halloween. Halloween was more fun when I was a kid getting the candy than it is now, when I am giving the candy. I’m told that it’s better to give than to receive. I reserve judgment on that. I don’t begrudge the kids the fun. I had mine. I’m an adult now. That doesn’t mean that I have to give up all the fun I had as a kid, but the things that were fun then, probably wouldn’t seem so fun now.
Fall is a time for introspection to me. a time for me to reflect on how everything in my life has changed and what is currently changing. I’ve lost people, my brother just this year. I’ve met new people. That’s life. You lose some and then you gain some. Sadly, that’s also the story of my battle with my weight. I’ve gained some. It’s time to lose some.
The movies and TV shows are showing scary and funny scary episodes and movies. Most horror movies have the same basic plot – some people, usually teenagers – are somewhere remote and someone starts picking them off. they make me wonder what the movie makers have against teenagers. There’s a lot of running and screaming and gore. Let’s not forget the gore.
Then it’s on to Christmas. It’s already in the stores. They forget that in the US we have Thanksgiving before Christmas. Stores are starting to stay open for it. That’s wrong. It’s a time for people to gather with their families and friends. I suppose you could shop together, but in my book, Thanksgiving is about being with people you like, not battling for the best deals in a store. I guess that’s because I don’t truly like shopping. Get in, get what you need, and then get out. That’s how I shop. Oh I’ll window shop, but mostly I just want out of there.
Fall makes me stop and think about things. I guess most people do that at New Year, but I do it in the Fall. I don’t know why. Come the New Year, I’m eager to see what’s next. I want to turn the page and get on with the story. How about your?